VIETNAM - SCHUTZ, RICHARD JAMES

Schutz, Richard James

VIETNAM - SCHUTZ, RICHARD JAMES
SCHUTZ, RICHARD JAMES

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

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

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

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

Note: 3rd platoon, Track L-31

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 2-Aug-1945

Hometown: Calumet City, Illinois

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 23-Oct-1965

Start of tour: 23-Aug-1966

Incident date: 21-Jul-1967

Date of casualty: 21-Jul-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, died while missing. Unknown. Burns.
Richard James Schutz died as a result of third degree burns over entire body received when the military vehicle he was a passenger in was hit by hostile forces.

Fourteen Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
CPT William Forman Abernethy
PFC James Francis Bean
PFC John Joseph Campa
PFC Roosevelt C. Curley
SP4 Lawrence Michael Dawson
PFC George Arthur Foster
PVT Thomas Francis Ganion
PFC Douglas Wayne Hill
PFC Frank Daniel Leal
PFC Gary Alfred McLennan
PFC Billy Gene Rodgers
SP4 Richard James Schutz
1LT Ponder Ray Sims
PFC James Lemar Whitfield

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 430 308

Place of interment: Assumption Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Glenwood, Illinois, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 23E 104 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR RICHARD JAMES SCHUTZ
21 JULY 1967
L TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Schutz distinguished himself by valorous actions on 21 July 1967, while serving as a machine gunner on a mission to secure several forward support bases for future engineer operations along Highway 20. Suddenly the armored column was engaged by a reinforced battalion of Viet Cong armed with automatic and anti-tank weapons. Immediately reacting to the critical situation, Specialist Schutz detected an entrenched squad of Viet Cong along his side of the road and directed a highly effective volley of suppressive fire upon the enemy positions. Moments later, an enemy RPG-2 rocket round struck his armored cavalry assault vehicle, destroying the engine compartment and disabling the vehicle. Although broadside to the enemy fire and fully exposed to the well-armed Viet Cong, Specialist Schutz bravely continued to direct suppressive fire upon the insurgents with his machine gun until he had expended all his ammunition. Swiftly opening a box of fragmentation hand grenades„ he began to accurately hurl the grenades in all directions at the attacking enemy. Although the wounded had been evacuated from the vehicle, Specialist Schutz remained at his position directing fire with his personal weapon on the insurgents until he was mortally wounded in the ensuing action. Specialist Four Schutz’s personal bravery and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 3844 (4 August 1967)

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