Richard Rich

Vietnam War
UnitFighter Squadron 96
RankCaptain U.S. Navy
Entered Service FromStamford Connecticut
Date of DeathMay 19 1967
Courts of the Missing
Captain Rich was a member of Fighter Squadron 96, Carrier Air Wing 9 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVAN-65). On May 19, 1967, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4B) on an attack near Hanoi, North Vietnam. When the aircraft was over the target it was hit by ground fire and crashed. His remains were recovered on April 26, 2000 and identified on October 10, 2000. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.