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1st Leutenant Roy Lee Richardson


DATE OF BIRTH: August 25, 1944

PLACE OF BIRTH: Alberta, Canada

HOME OF RECORD: Salt Lake City, Utah

AWARDS: Distinguished Service Cross


Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Division: 101st Airborne Division

Roy Lee Richardson - Missionary and War Hero (1944-1970)

1Lt Roy Lee Richardson
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First Lieutenant Richardson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 May 1970 while leading a platoon in search of suspected enemy positions near an allied fire support base. As the platoon advanced through the area of operations, they were suddenly ambushed by a well-concealed enemy force utilizing hand and rocket-propelled grenades. Lieutenant Richardson immediately began moving through the enemy fire to deploy his men into defensive positions and direct aerial rocket artillery on the hostile force. As the enemy fire intensified, the lieutenant moved forward to rescue a critically wounded comrade. Although under constant enemy attack, Lieutenant Richardson continuously maneuvered through the fusillade to place suppressive fire on the enemy while inspiring his men to sustain their defensive efforts. As the contact continued at an intense level, Lieutenant Richardson was mortally wounded by the hostile fire. First Lieutenant Richardson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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