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Lieut Richard Thomas Busenlehner
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Birth: May 24, 1946
San Angelo
Tom Green County
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1967, Vietnam

Born in San Angelo, Texas to the union of Cecilia Thomas Glass and Joseph Edward Busenlehner.

Entered the Army after high school in 1965, then volunteered and was accepted for Officer Candidate School, Artillery Branch and graduated with the Class of 2066 and was commissioned a 2LT, completed Basic Officer School and then volunteered for parachute training at Fort Benning and received his parachute wings. Volunteered for service in Vietnam as a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Started his tour in Vietnam on May 25, 1967 and was assigned to A Battery, 319th Artillery, 3rd Battalion. He was assigned to be a Forward Observer and would operate with infantry companies to coordinate and assist to call in artillery strikes.

He participated in the only U. S. Combat Parachute Jump in the Vietnam War. He was involved in some major battles in the early days of the Vietnam war. He was assigned to operate with A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Regiment. He was involved in the Battle of the Slopes in June 1967, Hill 1338 where he was awarded his first Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor. In November, 1967, he was in the worst fighting in the history of the 173rd Airborne Brigade at the Battle of Dak To, Hill 875. After 7 days of brutal combat, Lt Busenlehner was killed on November 20, 1967. The battle cost 285 Americans their lives, 985 wounded and 18 missing in action.

He was the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V device and oakleaf cluster, Purple Heart with Oakleaf cluster, Air Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was buried with full military honors in his home town of Rowena, Texas.

RICHARD T BUSENLEHNER is on the Wall at Panel 30E Line 038. 
 
Burial:
Saint Boniface Cemetery
Olfen
Runnels County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Billy M. Brown
Record added: Jun 12, 2011
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Lieut Richard Thomas Busenlehner
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- Peggy Herridge Wilson
 Added: Nov. 10, 2013
God bless.
- tck
 Added: Apr. 9, 2013
Thank you for your great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Aug. 4, 2012
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