In Memory

Richard Conrardy (Class '69 Deceased)

Richard Conrardy (Class '69 Deceased)







July 2nd, 1970---  thanks Ken Stramel




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09/05/08 05:50 PM #1    

Javier Ortiz

Most know Richard was part of the Summer 1969 graduation class and enlisted in the Army shortly thereafter. He was killed in Vietnam in 1970; I believe while he was on sentry duty - it would be nice if someone could post additional information on this. He was one of the reasons I enlisted in the Armed Services (U.S. Navy) the same year.
Richard had a heart of gold, got along with everyone and was a great prankster. I think he was involved in our freshman year with bringing the music teacher (a nun whose name I don't remember) to tears which brought Sister Irene to the classroom.
The good - they die young.

09/08/08 12:58 AM #2    

Clyde Stramel

Army - PFC - E3
Age: 19
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth May 5, 1951
Marital Status: Single

09/08/08 12:59 AM #3    

Clyde Stramel


PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
101st Airborne Division

His tour began on Apr 23, 1970
Casualty was on Jul 2, 1970
Body was recovered

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09/08/08 01:00 AM #4    

Clyde Stramel

Jennifer Burns

Though you are gone you will never be forgotten! You and men
like you, are the reason we are free today! I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the sacrifices that you made! I hold you and those like you in the highest regard and you deserve nothing less! I love you all, you were and always will be HEROES to me! I promise never to take for granted the freedoms I have, which you paid the ultimate price for! Happy Birthday!
Let no man be forgotten…I WILL REMEMBER YOU!!!

Gratefully yours,Jenn

May 5, 2007

Manuel Pino 2/8 Bco 1st Cav-68-69
Fellow Medic
The proud young valor that rose above the mortal and then, at last, was mortal after all. Rest in peace.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fellow Eagle
THE BROTHERHOOD OF EAGLES SALUTES YOU. I did not know you, but I do know of the perils you faced and the strength you must have possessed. You stood tall, answered your country's call, and gave all that you had for your brothers and country. You were part of the greatest unit ever, and I'm proud to be of the same Brotherhood that you served with honor and courage. You are not forgotten, nor will you ever be forgotten, as you will remain forever in the memory of every Screaming Eagle that has "Been There and Done That". We will all meet again when all of the Eagles are called home. Continue to stand tall my brother, for you are still in Eagle Country and now soaring with the elite. A Fellow Eagle, 2/506th (Currahee), 101st Airborne, RVN (A Shau Valley & DMZ), '68-'69.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004

01/12/09 08:16 PM #5    

Gary Noller

Richard was serving with Co. C. 2nd battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Brigade when he was killed-in-action near Fire Support Base Ripcord in the northern part of South Vietnam on July 2, 1970.

Keith William Nolan wrote a book with the title RIPCORD. Being a fan of Nolan's I purchased the book and began reading it. I was overcome with a strange sense. Could it be that Nolan would tell of the action that took Richard Conrardy's life?

I immediately checked the index and found that it did have an entry for Richard Conrardy. I went to the page and read about the action that took Richard's life.

Richard was a medic and served with an infantry company in the mountainous jungles near the Army outpost called Ripcord. The mission of his unit was to search and clear the enemy from thier favorite staging areas. The enemy put up strong resistance.

According to Nolan, Co. C, 2/506th Inf. was in a night defensive position when the enemy attacked. The enemy penetrated the defensive line and inflicted heavy casualties on the American forces. Richard immediately ran to attend to a wounded comrade when he himself was mortallhy wounded.

The battles around FSB Ripcord was fierce and lasted for more than three weeks. They claimed heavy casualties on both sides.

While I was not well acquainted with Richard I did know who he was. His actions on behalf of his fellow soldiers and his country must be remembered by all who survive. He gave his life for a greater cause. He gave it for his buddy.

My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

He will not be forgotten

May he rest in peace.

Gary L. Noller
Co. B, 1/46th Infantry, 1970-1971
Class of 1965

03/13/15 11:50 AM #6    

Gary Noller


Silver Star

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Richard John Conrardy, United States Army, for gallantry in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 July 1970. Private Conrardy distinguished himself while serving as a Medical Aidman in Company C, 2d Battalion (Airmobile), 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), during combat operations in Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam. While set up in a night defensive position, Private Conrardy's unit came under attack by a force of North Vietnamese Army sappers, who breached the perimeter at one point. When the command post came under a particularly intense assault, the platoon leader was seriously wounded, and Private Conrardy immediately abandoned his covered position to aid the wounded man. Moving through the enemy barrage, Private Conrardy had just reached the casualty when he was mortally wounded by an enemy satchel charge. His actions were an inspiration to his fellow soldiers. Private Conrardy's personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), General Orders No. 9354 (August 15, 1970)

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion (Airmobile)

Regiment: 506th Infantry Regiment

Division: 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)

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