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First Name: Richard

Last Name: Bennett

Birthplace: Norwich, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Jay

Date of Birth: 06 October 1949

Date of Death: 12 May 1969

Rank: Corporal

Years Served: 1968 - 1969
Richard Jay Bennett

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Richard Jay Bennett
Corporal, U.S. Army

Richard Jay Bennett was born on 6 October 1949 in Norwich, NY, the son of Richard and Reatha Albright Bennett.

Richard graduated from the Sherburne-Earlville Central School in June 1968.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1968 and received Basic Infantry Training at Fort Dix, NJ, and went to Fort Polk, LA, for jungle training.

On 12 May 1969, Private First Class Richard Jay Bennett was serving with C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division in Tay Ninh Province in South Vietnam.

On that day, PFC Bennett was killed in action when he suffered multiple fragmentation wounds. His body was recovered.

He received a posthumous promotion to Corporal.

Medals Awards and Badges

Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge


The name Richard J Bennett is located on Panel 25W Line 61 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.


Corporal Bennett is buried at Poolville Cemetery in Poolville, Madison County, NY.


Honoree ID: 3444   Created by: MHOH




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