Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Sergeant 2
15 Oct 1945 2
19 Nov 1967 2
3-4 K north of Nui Ba Den Mountain 2

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Full Name:
Richard Kenneth Carter 2
15 Oct 1945 2
Male 2
19 Nov 1967 2
3-4 K north of Nui Ba Den Mountain 3
Cause: land mine explosion while driving a jeep M1A! 3
Cause: Other Explosive Device 2
Age at Death: 22 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 19 Nov 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Sergeant 2
588th Eng Bn 2
B Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
+ E4 2
Major Command:
20th Eng Bde 2
79th Eng Grp 2
Army 2
Combat Engineer (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
26 Sep 1967 2
Years Served:
1 2
Presbyterian 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 23 2
Panel: 30E 2

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Member of Company B, 588th Engineers I was in the same B Co when SGT Carter's vehicle struck a mine. Even though the vehicle was sand bagged on the floor, the blast killed him. CPT John Hardy Commander of Co B, was severly injured. We made a sign that read "Carters Turn Around".

You went North and I went South that day. Co B, 588th Engr Bn was camped about 7 clicks north of Nui Ba Den mountain, Tay Ninh, Vietnam. We had a road building mission. Every morning we sweeped the road for Viet Cong mines. And we were finding most of them. Nov 19th, You and Capt Hardy went north and I lead a team south. I heard and saw the smoke of the explosion in your direction. I didn't know how serious it was until I saw the Medivac Helicopter. The mine, meant for a tank, destroyed the jeep(M1a1). Capt Hardy was seriously injured. Richard, you didn't suffer. You were the first one killed in our company. Where you died was a one lane dirt (laterite) road. We made a wide area there and named it Carter's Turnout. There was a sign erected and I wished I had a picture of it. Many vehicles used Carter's Turnout and it became a land mark. Ask anyone in the 3rd Bde, 25th Inf Division. You are not forgotten Sgt Carter. New Chester, WI. Thank you for your service and God bless your Family. Timothy Richards, CPT EN (Ret.)

Sgt Richard K Carter Sgt Richard K Carter KIA Nov 19, 1967 Co B, 588th Engr Bn. 79th Engr Group, 20th Engr Bde

May 22, 2009 One more year and you are still remembered, Richard. Last year, a wreath was placed on your grave in Wisconsin. It was from the men of the 588th Engineers - Vietnam. From California, I found your obiturary in the Madison Newspaper listing the Funeral Home in Frienship, WI. They gave me a local florist in Adams who agreed to place flowers on your grave but need help from the Sheriff to find New Chester Cemetery. And the Veterans Service Center in Adams, WI took pictures. It was a team effort. However I was not able to locate any relatives of yours. So I contacted the local newpaper and told them the story of how I found you. They ran the story and your Sister called me. Even though she lives close by she had not recenty been to your grave and had not seen the wreath. She said she had read the newspaper article and she would go the your cemetery. We are still in touch. I will try to call her on Memorial Day. Captain Hardy (retired as Lt Col) lives in Virginia and I have spoken to him several times. He said, "Not a day goes by that I do not remember Richard." He suffers from the mine explosion. He has lost hearing in the left ear and his left eye was damaged. And from all the sand blown into his face, But he lived. Again THANKS for your service, Richard. And God Bless you family. Tim Richards Huntington Beach, CA

You were the first in our company to give his life. Unfortunately, you were not the last. I often think about you. We named a 'turn-about' after you, since you were the best co's driver in the company! Posted by: Andy Begosh
Relationship: member of his company
Thursday, June 17, 1999
Rarely does a day go by that I do not remember your sacrifice.

You extended your term "in country" to stay my driver. I wish to God that you had not.

Why wouldn't you sandbag your side of the jeep?? as though it would have helped. The 40 lb box mine hit your (driver) side front wheel. I thank God that you did not feel it. We named the "new" turn around at French Fort for you, but I guess Charlie owns it all now.

It has taken me 32 years to go see the Wall, but I just saw the traveling wall here at Fort Bragg.

t Posted by: John T. Hardy, Jr. LTC, EN, USAR (Ret)
Relationship: Company Commander to Driver
Friday, July 16, 1999
You went North and I went South that day. Co B 588th Engineers was assigned to road building north of Nui Ba Dinh mountain. Our Company was camped about 7 clicks north of NBD. Each morning we mine sweeped north and south. You and CPT Hardy went north and later I saw the smoke and rescue medevac helo. CPT Hardy survived. God rest your soul, Richard. Posted by: Timothy Richards, CPT EN (Ret.)
Relationship: God Bless your Family
Saturday, May 10, 2008
After searching for you for 41 years, I finally found your grave site, Richard. I found your obituary in the Madison paper. That gave me the funeral home who gave me the phone# of a local florist. The Sheriff gave me directions to New Chester and the County Veteran Service Office insured everything looked good. There is a beautiful wreath on your grave for memorial Day. And I did that from California with the cooperation of many good Wisconsin people. "We honor your courage and we do not forget" The men from Bravo Company, 588th Engineers, Vietnam 5/26/08 Posted by: Timothy Richards, CPT EN (Ret.)
Relationship: We served together, Vietnam
Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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