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Sgt Richard Franklin Abshire
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1944
Vermilion Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: May 2, 1968
Quang Tri, Vietnam

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Home: Abbeville, Louisiana
DOB: Friday, 10/20/1944
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Married? No
Religion: Roman Catholic

Service: United States Marine Corps
Comp: Regular
Grade: E5
Rank: Sergeant
ID No: 2125809
LenSvc: Between 2 and 3 years

Start Tour: Sunday, 10/15/1967
Cas Date: Thursday, 05/02/1968
Age at Loss: 23
Remains: Body Recovered
Location: Quang Tri, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, Died
Reason: Gun, Small Arms Fire - Ground Casualty
Last Update: May 1969

Panel 53E Line 044

United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, is named the "Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building".

Richard Franklin Abshire
Marine Corps

For service as set forth in the following:


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire (MCSN: 2125809), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 May 1968. Sergeant Abshire's unit and a sister company were launched on a coordinated attack against a well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army force occupying the village of Dinh To, Quang Tri Province. As the Marines entered the village, they were taken under devastating enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire which inflicted numerous casualties and temporarily halted the lead platoon of each company. Directed to establish a defensive perimeter, Sergeant Abshire immediately deployed his men into advantageous firing positions and commenced directing a heavy volume of accurate fire into the enemy emplacements. As the enemy fire increased in volume and accuracy, it became apparent that the North Vietnamese force was preparing to launch a counterattack. Rapidly obtaining grenades from his fellow Marines, Sergeant Abshire boldly exposed himself to the full fury of the enemy fire and threw several grenades into the enemy's ranks, temporarily halting their assault. Returning to his unit, he moved from position to position, despite intense enemy fire, to pinpoint hostile targets and encourage his men. As their ammunition supply depleted, he ordered his men to withdraw across a river and resolutely provided covering fire, which enabled his men to reach positions of relative safety. After expending his ammunition, he was attempting to rejoin his unit when he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his superior leadership, intrepid fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Abshire inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Family links: 
  Odey Abshire (1900 - 1957)
  Olita Hanks Abshire (1906 - 1971)
  Odey Abshire (1928 - 2004)**
  Agnes Lee Abshire Viator (1929 - 2008)*
  Eugene Joseph Abshire (1933 - 1957)*
  Lloyd Charles Abshire (1935 - 2007)*
  Nolan George Abshire (1939 - 1998)*
  Richard Franklin Abshire (1944 - 1968)
*Calculated relationship
Saint Mary Magdalen Cemetery and Mausoleum
Vermilion Parish
Louisiana, USA
Plot: Section B-1
Maintained by: Terry
Originally Created by: Billy M. Brown
Record added: Feb 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86009776
Sgt Richard Franklin Abshire
Added by: Terry
Sgt Richard Franklin Abshire
Added by: Grave Sheriff Pooyie
Sgt Richard Franklin Abshire
Added by: Grave Sheriff Pooyie
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