CPL – E4 – United States Army
11B10 - Infantryman
196th Light Infantry Brigade
Tour began on October 29, 1968
19 Years Old
April 19, 1949 to March 20, 1969
Al Fleming remembers his friend Richard...
Cloud County JUCO was never the same without Richard. It's
been a long time now but I still remember the card games
down in the student lounge. Richard would laugh and you
couldn't help but laugh too. He was that kind of person. You
just had to like him. He didn't stay long though, school wasn't
his thing. He wanted to farm. Loved being outside and working
with his hands. It's been over forty years now but I think of
Will see you again some day, you bring the cards, OK!
Michael Hoffman honors Richard...
I was the body escort for Richard Lee Fiffe's remains from Oakland
Army Base to Concordia, Kansas the week prior to Easter Sunday,
1969 while I was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.
I think and pray for Richard Lee Fiffe and count my blessings that I
was able to return from Vietnam alive, after serving from
March 27, 1967 to October 26, 1968.
Melisa Stolzenburg remembers Richard...
In the 60's my folks ran the Aurora Cafe and I can remember Richard
and his brother Gene coming into the cafe for a pop. He was a quiet and
gentle person who never caused any problems for anybody (the world needs
more men like him). Richard had a lot of friends and I can't think of one person
who didn't get along with him or didn't like him. He went to school in
Concordia and went to the service out of high school. When we heard
about his death it was a major shock to the little community of Aurora. It
hurt to hear it and he was missed dearly by the entire community. We
rarely give our soldiers enough recognition for the services they provide for
us and for their sacrifices...so...Richard, if you are looking down tonight reading
this...Thank You...A Friend...Lisa Sallman Stolzenburg.
Janice Strait remembers her friend...
Richard and I both went to Notre Dame High School together. He was a
Senior and I was a Freshman. We became friends and of course being
I can remember us sitting together on my porch and him talking about going
to Vietnam. Richard was a quiet, easy going guy and I was so saddened to
learn of his death in March of 1969.
I continue my visits to his gravesite in Concordia Catholic Cemetary. He will
never be forgotten and one day we can sit on the porch in heaven!
May God Bless all of those who lost their lives and bless their loved ones.
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