The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Richard Wayne Bryant, who died in the service of his country on June 28th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Grenade Thrown-In Night Laager. At the time of his death Richard was 20 years of age. He was from Sophia, West Virginia. Richard is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 22E, Line 76.
The decorations earned by PFC Richard Wayne Bryant include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(From the July 5, 1967 issue of the "Raleigh Register", Beckley, WV)
PFC Richard Wayne Bryant, age 20, of Sophia was killed June 28th in Vietnam. He is the son of Mrs. Helen V. Bryant of Sophia. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Sophia Friendship Baptist Church with the Reverend W.F.Tolliver officiating. Burial will follow in the Hot Coal Cemetery, Sophia. Military rites will be conducted at the gravesite. The body is at the Fred X. Williams Funeral Home in Sophia, where friends may call after 5 p.m.
I am so excited to find this page and see Richard Bryant's picture. We were friends in 66-67. I lived in Allen Junction, Mullens, WV when we met. He was so kind, nice, handsome just an all around great guy. My heart was broken when I found he had been killed in action. I have never forgotten him even after all these yrs. My brother lives in Sophia but does not know where this cemetary is, if some does will you please tell me how to find it.. Thank you for posting this info. Virginia Hoge Williams