Richard William Strahl

United States Marine Corps
28 December 1945 - 02 March 1967
Glendale, Arizona
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Richard William Strahl

27 Nov 2002

He was my friend and fellow Marine.

Larry D. Imus
30 Sep 2007

Richard was a friend of mine and I miss him even to this day. I left him in Feb 1967 after we had both extended our tour for three months and my tour was up. I was told of his death while at home on leave.

From his best friend,
James D Roth
985 Jellison Road, Columbia Falls, Mt.59912

03 Feb 2008

Richard was a 1964 graduate of Glendale (Arizona) High School. The photo is from the "In Memoriam" Dedication (pg 254) in Glendale's 1967 annual.

Frank Paden

19 Apr 2008

I served as a squad leader with Lima, 3d Bn, 3d Marines, and rotated back to the states in September 1966, and later heard from Cpl Jim Roth that Strahl was killed in action. I remember Strah from our days in the rear when we were on Monkey Mountain. He was a smiling, cheerful young man with bushy blonde hair. He was a fine young man, one of the best - and he brightened the lives of everyone around him.

Charlie Spillers
Sergeant, USMC
Oxford, MS

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the beginning of March 1967 the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, was conducting a battalion sweep in the vicinity of Con Thien. At 1530 02 March Lima 3/3 uncovered a large base camp. Attacked as they set up for an assault on the camp, Lima 3/3 lost two officers and eight men:
  • 1stLt Forrest Goodwin, Tylertown, MS (Silver Star)
  • 2ndLt Terry G. Heekin, Covina, CA
  • Cpl Richard B. Blinder, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cpl Richard S. Graham, Latrobe, PA
  • Cpl Richard W. Strahl, Glendale, AZ
  • Pfc John W. Barker, Coal City, IN
  • Pfc John W. Hanscom, Reading, MA
  • Pfc Jackie L. Harris, Richmond, VA
  • Pfc Robert E. Martin, Hickory Hills, IL
  • Pfc John P. O'Donnell, Youngstown, OH

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 Nov 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009