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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Master Sergeant 2
Birth:
15 Feb 1936 2
Death:
07 Jan 1968 2
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Full Name:
Richard Carlysle Keefe 2
Birth:
15 Feb 1936 2
Male 2
Death:
07 Jan 1968 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 31 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 07 Jan 1968 2
Casualty Location: Xuan Que (5) Que Son Valley 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died While Missing 2
Residence:
Hometown: Houston, TX 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Married 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Master Sergeant 2
Battalion:
2nd Bn 2
Company:
HHC 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
+ E7 2
Major Command:
1st Cav Div 2
Regiment:
12th Cavalry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Infantry Operations and Intelligence Specialist (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
04 Jul 1967 2
Years Served:
12 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 70 2
Panel: 33E 2

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MSGT Richard "Dick" Keefe

Rank: MSGT 
Unit: 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), HHC, 2/12 
Branch of Service: Army 
Service in Vietnam: 1967-1968 
Casualty Date: 7 Jan 1968 
Location of Casualty: Quang Nam, Vietnam 
Location on Wall: Panel 33E - Line 70 

MSG Keefe was the Senior S2 NCO for the 2/12 Cavalry in the Que Son Valley. On 7 Jan 68, he departed LZ Ross to assist the Battalion Commander in his attempt to add command and control to the battlefield during a tough fight against the 3rd NVA Regiment. His helicopter was shot down by NVA AAA, and he and all on board perished. Among his many contributions to the unit, MSG Keefe was one of the key players in disseminating key intelligence warning of an impending NVA attack on LZ Ross and LZ Leslie. That attack took place a few days prior to his death. As a direct result of MSG Keefe?s efforts, as well as others, the 2/12 Cavalry?s base camps were well fortified and the unit was prepared for the 3 Jan 68 attacks. 

He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on the day of the attack. The citation reads: 

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 Sergeant First Class Richard Carlysle Keefe (ASN: RA-18487616), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant First Class Keefe distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 3 January 1968, while serving as an intelligence sergeant with the 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), during a combat mission near Que Son, Republic of Vietnam. When his unit came under an enemy attack, Sergeant Keefe exposed himself to the hostile fire as he moved through an open area to the tactical operations center to insure their defenses were in proper order. Sergeant Keefe then moved from position to position, evacuating the injured personnel to safety. Again exposing himself to the enemy fire, Sergeant Keefe organized and directed the medical evacuation of all the wounded personnel. His gallant action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 

07 Jan 1968 A and C Companies, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry

A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 07 Jan 1968 A and C Companies, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, were ambushed in the Que Son Valley by the 3rd NVA Regiment. Twentythree US soldiers died in the ensuing fight:

    * A Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
          o SSG Delmer R. Jones, Ripley, WV
          o SSG Robert S. Trujillo, Santa Fe, NM
          o SGT Donald R. Bruckner, Garfield Heights, OH
          o SGT Edward J. Reeder, Boothwyn, PA
          o SGT Robert W. Vaden, Camp Springs, MD
          o SP4 Manuel Casilla-Vazquez, New York, NY
          o CPL Robert L. Heller, Long Beach, CA
          o SP4 Robert C. Kearney, Seattle, WA
          o SP4 Frank Sutton, Phoenix, AZ
          o PFC Conrad N. Gonzalez, New York, NY

    * C Co, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
          o 1LT James M. Stone, Miami, FL (Dist Svc Cross)
          o SGT Wojciech Wysocki, New York, NY
          o CPL Arnoldo L. Carrillo, Benavides, TX
          o SP4 Hubert Royster, Oxford, NC
          o PFC Rufus Hood, Texas City, TX

    * HHC, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry
          o LTC Bob L. Gregory, Oklahoma City, OK (Dist Svc Cross) *
          o MAJ Lawrence M. Malone, Seattle, WA *
          o MSG Richard C. Keefe, Houston, TX (Silver Star) *

    * B Trp, 1st Sqdn, 1st Cavalry, Americal Div
          o CPT John L. Barovetto, Davis, CA

    * HHC, 2nd Bde, 1st Cav Div
          o WO Robert F. Bahl, Pittsburgh, PA * need to fix
          o WO Marshall H. Ford, Marlborough, NH * need to fix

    * HHC, 3rd Bde, 1st Cav Div
          o SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale, Bennington, OK *
          o CPL Lloyd E. Knake, St James, MN *

LTC Bob L. Gregory, Commanding Officer, 2nd Bn, 12th Cavalry, and six others (with an asterisk ) were killed when Gregory's command helo was shot down. Gregory was subsequently awarded a posthumous DSC for his actions during an engagement in the same area several days prior to his death.

CPT John L. Barovetto was killed while leading a relief column to assist the 2/12 Cav troopers.

HHC 3 BDE 1 CAV
#66-16061
A/C shot down and crashed during Tet 68.

WO1 Robert F. Bahl Jr [P]
WO1 Marshall H. Ford [P]
SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale [CE]
PFC Lloyd E. Knake [G]
LTC Bob L. Gregory
SFC Richard C. Keefe
MAJ Lawrence M. Malone

Brad & Debby Carter
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Friday, May 14, 1999     Brad & Debby Carter
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Sunday, May 16, 1999     Brad & Debby Carter
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Wednesday, May 19, 1999
   My Father Posted for: RICHARD CARLYSLE KEEFE: I would love to hear from you if you knew my dad or any of the details concerning the crash of the "charlie-charlie" helicopter.
God Bless, A daughter Posted by: Debby Carter
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Relationship: He is my father
Friday, August 4, 2000
    MSG Keefe Posted for: RICHARD CARLYSLE KEEFE: He was the Senior S2 Sergeant for the 2/12 Cav in the Que Son Valley. On 7 Jan 68, he departed LZ Ross to assist the Battalion Commander in his attempt to add command and control to the battlefield during a tough fight against the 3rd NVA Regiment. His helicopter was shot down. He and all on board perished. He was an honorable man. Posted by: CPT Thomas Pike
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Wednesday, August 29, 2001
   HEART & SOUL Posted for: RICHARD CARLYSLE KEEFE: RICHARD KEEFE, the S2 NCO of the 2/12 of the 1st Cav Div (Airmobile), was the heart and soul of the battalion's intelligence unit. He was the point of contact for the individual rifle companies where "the rubber met the highway".

It was an honor and privilege to have served with him.

Roger L. Kehrier
Commanding Officer
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bdskcar@txucom.net MSG Richard Keefe(right) Lt Stone (Left)
Friends in Vietnam
The photograph was taken in late 1967 - they were both killed on 1/7/1968
 

MSG Keefe interrogating prisoners

MSG Keefe
Posted for: RICHARD CARLYSLE KEEFE:

MSG Keefe was the Senior S2 NCO (Sergeant) for the 212 Cavalry in the Que Son Valley. On 7 Jan 68, he departed LZ Ross to assist the Battalion Commander in his attempt to add command and control to the battlefield during a tough fight against the 3rd NVA Regiment. His helicopter was shot down by NVA AAA, and he and all on board perished. Among his many contributions to the unit, MSG Keefe was one of the key players in disseminating key intelligence warning of an impending NVA attack on LZ Ross and LZ Leslie. That attack took place a few days prior to his death. As a direct result of MSG Keefe's efforts, as well as others, the 212 Cavalry's basecamps were well fortified and the unit was prepared for the 3 Jan 68 attacks. All honor to his name. Omnia reliquit servare republicam.

thomas.pike1@us.army.mil
Posted by: LTC Thomas Pike
Email: thomas.pike1@us.army.mil
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