VIETNAM - SWIGER, RICHARD JACKSON

Swiger, Richard Jackson

VIETNAM - SWIGER, RICHARD JACKSON
SWIGER, RICHARD JACKSON

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Unit: M Company, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11E – Armor Crewman

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

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

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

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 9-Feb-1947

Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 4-Mar-1968

Start of tour: 29-Jan-1969

Incident date: 7-Sep-1969

Date of casualty: 7-Sep-1969

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Unknown. Other causes.
Richard Jackson Swiger was killed while commander on a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Tank commander of tank on reconnaissance in force mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Three Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SGT Leo Francis Hartsuff
SGT Anthony Standifer
SSG Richard Jackson Swiger

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 713 835

Place of interment: Greenlawn Cemetery, Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA

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

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 18W 056 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

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