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  PFC Michael Wayne Richardson    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Delta Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Michael Wayne Richardson, who died in the service of his country on June 18th, 1969 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Friendly Fire, Artillery. At the time of his death Michael was 21 years of age. He was from Lafayette, Louisiana. Michael is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 22W, Line 82.

The decorations earned by PFC Michael Wayne Richardson 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.

Michael Wayne Richardson was born and raised in NC in the High Point, Guilford County area and attended high school there through his junior year,1964.

Michael is buried in the Milton Cemetery in Milton, FL.

Jim Waterman
served with Mike
From a letter written to my wife 6/19/69 Well today I lost my dearest friend in this country of war. This morning I will help to carry Mike away to a freedom bird. Such freedom! Over here Mike was the most to me. We had become the closest of friends,brother and now we will not talk about his Mama or Jan anymore. You remember that poem I sent you from the girl named Jan. She was to marry Mike next August. She wrote That Distant Shore and I wrote an answer for Mike. He was so pleased, said that someday they would set in their home and show their children my famous book with Mamas poem she wrote to daddy in Vietnam. Just more useless dreams. Today as always I think of Mike and his dreams with great love. My brother you may not have lived out your dreams but you were and you are loved and missed. Love you Daddy Jim
Jun 17, 2013