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Maj Samuel Richard Bird
Birth: Jan. 27, 1940
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1984
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA

Military: He commanded the honor guard at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. Major Bird was graduated from Missouri Military Academy in 1957 and later from The Citadel in 1961. When the Vietnam War started, he volunteered for duty there, receiving two Bronze Stars and the Air Medal for bravery. On January 27, 1967, his 27th birthday he was shot in the head by a Viet Cong sniper. After months in the hospital, he gained control of his right arm, and sufficient control of his neck and back muscles to be able to sit up in a wheelchair. The remainder of his life kept him confined to his home with occasional speaking engagements, telling of his experiences in the Army.

I was at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., October 12, 2014, and found Sam Bird's engraved name. Photo to the right >> 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Richard Ely Bird (1909 - 1990)
  Pauline Frances Houston Bird (1907 - 1981)
 
 Spouse:
  Annette Okarche Blazier Bird (1938 - 2001)
 
 Sibling:
  George W Bruce (1929 - 1984)**
  Samuel Richard Bird (1940 - 1984)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section C, Lot 78
 
Created by: David G. Stuart
Record added: Sep 30, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11853037
Maj Samuel Richard Bird
Added by: David G. Stuart
 
Maj Samuel Richard Bird
Added by: David G. Stuart
 
Maj Samuel Richard Bird
Added by: David G. Stuart
 
 
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- Tim Oliver
 Added: Dec. 13, 2014

- Matthew Jenkins
 Added: Dec. 2, 2014
Thank you for your service.
-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 11, 2014
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