Richard Charles Simon

Boatswains Mate 3rd Class
United States Navy
11 January 1947 - 03 November 1968
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard Charles Simon

15 Oct 2002

Richard C Simon
Photo courtesy of
Joe Muharsky's Swift Boat site


by another swift boat sailor,
Terry Boone
05 Apr 2006

I am Chief Boatswain N. D. Maxwell. I was stationed with Dick in Coronado, California, with Beachmaster Unit ONE. My "X" and I were very good friends with Dick and his wife Betty. I would love to talk to someone who was with him before he was killed.

From a friend,
Nolen David Maxwell
Lake Suzzanne Place, Panama City, Florida

02 Aug 2006

The music has ended, I still hear the song.
Our moment was brief, but our kisses were long.
Though the loving is over, the love of you stays,
and the memory will warm me for the rest of my days.

It's not how long the spring, it's not how wide the sky,
it's just how sweet the time between hello and goodbye.
We never shared September or watched the colors of fall,
but in that wink of time we knew we had it all.

I'll always love you ... Betty

From his wife,
Elizabeth Kassari
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The US Naval Forces Vietnam Command History for 1968 contains the following entry:
"On the morning of 3 November three PCFs along with VNN Coastal Group 41 units with a Regional Force Company embarked carried out a raid up the Ong Doc River, 65 miles south of Rach Gia on the Gulf of Thailand. While PCF-36 remained a few miles from the river mouth to support a Regional Force sweep to the south, PCF-43 and PCF-50 proceeded to a point 10 miles up river to take suspected enemy positions under fire. Sniper fire was received killing the after mount operator of PCF-50. During the operation USS DuPONT (DD-941) and USCGC INGHAM (WHEC-35) provided 5" naval gunfire support."

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 15 Oct 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009