Cossey, Ricky Fay


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 13A – Field Artillery Basic

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 2-Aug-1947

Hometown: Cadiz, Kentucky

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 15-Jan-1968

Incident date: 18-Dec-1968

Date of casualty: 18-Dec-1968

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Artillery/Mortar/Rocket. Artillery, rocket, or mortar.
Ricky Fay Cossey died from wounds received while at command post when area came under hostile mortar attack.  (Individual transported to 93rd Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, where he expired.)

Five Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
PFC Robert Lynn Bone
SP4 Norman Harvey Clark
SP4 Ricky Fay Cossey
PFC Charles Marion Dumdei
PFC Ronald Lee Hovis

Location of fatality: Bien Hoa, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Elm Grove Cemetery, Kentucky, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 36W 039 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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