|Birth: ||May 9, 1947|
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 1969|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
Richard was one of three sons of Jacques A. Dextraze and Frances H (Pare) Dextraze. of Ottawa, Ontario Canada. His father Jacques was a Major General in the Canadian Armed Forces when Richard enlisted in the U.S. Marines on December 13 1967 in Albany NY, and eventually rose to the rank of General becoming Chief of the Defense Staff in 1972. Richard arrived in Vietnam on June 17, 1968 and was assigned for duty with Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF.
On September 11,1968 during Operation SCOTLAND II – TROUSDALE, Company E made contact with a well entrenched NVA force in Huong Hoa District, two kilometers due south of Hill 463. The enemy force initiated contact by command detonated claymore mines and small arms fire, wounding LCpl Dextraze who was a radio operator on the patrol and another Marine. Both of the men were evacuated to the 3d MEDBN, treated for which was considered a minor wound Richard rejoined his unit and on November 27 was reassigned for duty as a S-2 Scout with H&S Company of the same Battalion.
On April 23 while attached to Company E as an S-2 scout while the unit began to search signs for the enemy the area around Dong Kio Mountain approximately seven kilometers west of Cam Lo in northern Quang Tri Province his squad made contact with an NVA force in concealed bunkers. In the heavy jungle terrain maneuvering was difficult and a frontal assault virtually impossible against the NVA machine-gun fire, the Marines became pinned down and supporting arms were requested. As another squad moved up it was also pinned down by small arms, RPG fire and hand grenades being thrown at the Marines. The 2d Platoon was quickly dispatched to reinforce the small group of men as they were taking casualties and needed additional forces to overwhelm the enemy in front of them. Consistently hampered by the extreme heat and casualties the Marines broke the will of the enemy and assaulted though their reinforced positions killing fourteen enemy soldiers but not without a loss of five Marines being killed in the battle and men three being wounded, with and additional loss of twelve non battle heat casualties. One of the men killed in action was LCpl Dextraze; he had died during the fire fight as a result of a gunshot wound to his neck and of multiple fragmentation wounds from a hostile grenade to his head and body.
* LCpl Richard Paul Dextraze was presented with the Silver Star Medal posthumously "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action ....on 23 April 1969...."
Jacques A Dextraze (1919 - 1993)
Plot: Section OL Lot 0040
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Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Sep 03, 2007
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