Richard TestaPrivate First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAV RGT, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
28 June 1946 - 15 November 1965
New York, New York
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The database page for Richard Testa
My young BROTHER from the neigborhood.....
You are not forgotten.
A memorial initiated by his brother in arms,
died in the fighting in the
Ia Drang Valley
and The Virtual Wall's
This is possibly a blood relative of mine that I never knew,
From a possible cousin,
I did not know Richard. I flew A-6's over NVN in 72, the consequences of which are supreme guilt that my brethren, those like Richard, endured such hardships and frightful circumstances I knew nothing of at the time. I could only imagine, and that falls far short of knowing the courage and valor displayed by all of those who fought and died on the ground in this terrible war.
From a relatively comfortable cockpit, how little did I or we know or understand the sacrifices of men like Richard. How little any of us knew at that time.
What can be said? It is for us, the living, to try and understand. Yet, we can only imagine.
From a Comrade in Arms (USN A-6's), USN (Retired)
Richard, I was never allowed the privilege of meeting you and unfortunately never will. I have no idea if we are related. I have exhausted all avenues in my search to find you. Maybe one day I will get to know you.
Be assured I will never give up my search to discover the comrade-in-arms behind the name Richard Testa or who and what you meant, your dreams, hopes and fears.
I too was a soldier and though I served in a country thousands of miles away from you we share the same name. I too swore never to leave a friend behind and I swore to always remember.
You are remembered.
From another soldier at arms,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009