|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1948|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1968|
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
Co.C 1/5 Mech. Bobcats
20 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Jan 29, 1948
From BREMERTON, WASHINGTON
His tour of duty began on Jul 14, 1968
Casualty was on Aug 21, 1968
in TAY NINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Army Pfc. Richard A. Damschen Jr., 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Damschen Sr., Brownsville Highway (Rte. 4, Box 2018) was reported killed in a firefight ambush by enemy forces on a truck convoy in which he was riding 21 Aug (1968).
On Monday, Army Spec. 4 Donald D. Hawkins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hawkins, Port Orchard, Rte 5, Box 185, was reported killed in a helicopter crash, believed to have been caused by a malfunction of the craft on 19 Aug (1968).
Pfc. Damschen had been in Vietnam approximately five weeks and had written home that he had been involved in combat action most of the time since his arrival. He was stationed near Cu Chi, approximately 20 miles north and west of Saigon.
The young man was born in Havre MT, 29 Jan 1948, but moved with his family at an early age to Poulsbo. The family resided there until 1951 when they moved to Bremerton and had lived in this vicinity ever since.
He attended Central Kitsap High School where he was an "A" student and worked at the W&G Drywall Co., a construction taping and texturing firm, for about two years.
Pfc. Damschen entered the Army last February and had been home on leave for part of June and July.
At the time of his death he was engaged to Miss Edie Duda, Alder Street, and had planned to be married upon completion of his combat tour.
"At first he complained about the conditions, the heat and all, but after awhile he felt sorry for the people especially the kids. He was ready to go out and show them how to fight," said his sister, Mrs. Daniel (Lana) Woolard, 3105 13th St.
"It doesn't seem fair that he was only there five weeks and had to get killed. He was brave though. He was a man." She said. "It's really sad. We got a letter today from him."
Pfc. Damschen's body will be returned to the U.S. under escort of a long-time family friend who is serving in Vietnam now, Army Sgt. Kenneth Peterson, whose residence is on the Brownsville Highway.
Besides his sister, Mrs. Woolard, and his parents, he is survived by two other sisters, Misses Jackie and Ginny Damschen, of the family home; four brothers, Robert Damschen, Spokane and Gary, William and Jaimie Damschen, all of the family home; his paternal grandfather, Roy E. Damschen, of the Ebenezer Rest Home, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson, Coram MT; and an uncle, Donald Damschen, Poulsbo.
Funeral arrangements are pending. The family has requested that any memorials be made to the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA 28 Aug 1968)
Damschen, Richard Arthur Pfc. Killed in Vietnam 21 Aug 1968. He was born in Havre MT in 29 Jan 1948, attending schools locally. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Damschen of Route 4, Box 2018, Bremerton; brothers, Jaimie, Gary, William and Robert, all of the family home; sisters Jackie, Spokane, Ginny, Bremerton and Mrs. Alana Wollard, Bremerton; paternal grandfather Roy E. Damschen, Poulsbo; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson of Coram MT. Funeral services tentatively set for Wednesday, 4 Sep 1968 at 3 p.m. at the LEWIS FUNERAL CHAPEL. (Bremerton Sun, Bremerton WA, 2 Sep 68)
Richard A Damschen (1922 - 1989)
Ruth Marie Keene Damschen (1929 - 2000)
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Love sect. Block 1114 lot #6
Created by: Denis McDonough
Record added: Mar 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49416242
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: Sep. 7, 2012
Rest in peace fellow soldier you are not forgotten|
Added: Oct. 27, 2011
..They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old....Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.....At the going down of the sun and in the morning.....We will remember them...|
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