Richard Edward Tamer

Richard Edward Tamer - Stories

Vietnam War · US Army · Private First Class

Richard Edward Tamer - Classmate & Guitar Man

  • Parma, OH

Richard Edward Tamer and I were high school friend. My high school band was call The Stardusters. Richard played Lead Guitar and I played the Organ. Richard's favorite tune was "Guitar Man" and we played that tune at all our gigs, most of them being played at wedding receptions and dances held at local VFW halls and the American Legion Hall on Brookpark Road in Cleveland, OH.

I served in the People's Republic of Viet-Nam Sept. 1966 - Sept. 1967 and when I returned home, I was living in Cincinnati, OH at the time. When I returned home to Parms, OH in 1970 where I grew up and attended Parma Sr High School along with Richard Tamer Class of 1963, it was only then that I learned that Richard was Killed In Action in Viet-Nam.

I attempted to reassemble our former high school band, only to find out that none of our former band members returned home from Viet-Nam. They were all gone.  KIA.

Some time ago, I began searching for answers as to where, when and how Richard E. Tamer was KIA. After searching site such as this one, I learned of the unit and company Richard served in. On those sites, I would leave messages asking for information from anyone who may have known and/or served with Richard Tamer. This past summer of 2012, I received a telephone call. I thought at first it was a soliciting call. When I answered the incoming call, I asked the caller who he was. He replied, "I am a former friend and served with Richard Tamer in Viet-Nam". We spoke about Richard for one hour. After speaking to this former friend and service man, he sent me photographs of Richard along with several other photographs the Tamer Family had never seen or know of.  I intend to present these photographs to the Richard Tamer Family, brothers and sister when we meet for lunch along with other former Parma Sr High School classmates this summer.

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    Richard E Tamer - Guitar Teacher

      Richard was my guitar teacher when I was in the 5th grade.  He taught at a music store in Brookgate shopping center in Brookpark.  I remember that he told my Dad and I that he was leaving for Vietnam.  At that time in my life I didn't have a thorough understanding of how war took the lives of people we knew.

      He was probably my first childhood crush.  He was so nice, and patient and such a good guitar player.  I just thought he'd be back soon....Little did I know that he was gone after only 3 months there.      --- When I learned about it from the Parma Post, I have saved that article in a scrap book.   I just visted the traveling Vietnam wall in Twinsburg on July 5th 2015.  I found his name and etched it on a piece of paper and dug out my scrap book to add the article to this memorial page.   It made me want to find out a bit more about him, and to thank him for his life and his bravery, and for being in my life for a little bit of time back in 1968.

      My dad served with Richard in Vietnam

        My dad served with Richard in Vietnam they was pretty good friends, I can tell when he talks of him his eyes always fills with tears. We rode our motorcycles to DC a couple years ago to The Wall dad found his name laid his hand on it and hit his knees yeah we both had a good cry that day. He has always told me of how great a guitarist he was said you could give him a word or a topic and he'd sing a song about it. I started playing guitar when I was 13-14 years old. Dad would always talk about how good he was everytime I got mine out to play. He even taught me a few things that Richard taught him while in Vietnam. From listening to my dad talk about him he seemed like a great guy wish I could of known him maybe he could of taught me alittle something on the ol six string