#WarriorWednesday: LCpl Richard Franklin Yatteau #NeverForgotten

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L/CPL Richard Franklin Yatteau
31 Jul 1947 to 30 Aug 1968

Image proved by Victor Vilionis & Find A Grave

Image proved by Victor Vilionis & Find A Grave

Richard Yatteau enlisted in the US Marine Corps on May 3 1967 in Buffalo NY. He arrived in Vietnam on November 29 where he was assigned to and served with Battery H, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF. His MOS or Military Occupational Specialty was Field Radio Operator. A few days before he was killed Lance Corporal Yatteau had returned from a rest and recreation leave in Australia.

I tried to find information about Yatteau’s death, but the best I can do is tell you he died from from multiple fragmentation wounds from small arms fire while serving in the Quang Tri Province.

Honors:
★ National Defense Service Medal
★ Vietnam Campaign Medal
★ Vietnam Service Medal
★ Purple Heart

Burial: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York

LCpl Insignia

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Marine Corps Insignia

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The protagonist of my WIP is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets (I am working on the first draft now). Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.