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Richard A. Dyer

Profile Updated: October 22, 2020
First Year in Country
1971
Residing In:
Placerville, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Carol
Occupation:
Retired
Children:
Travis, born 1979; Jessica, born 1981
Military Service:
US Army  
Nickname in Nam

The "LION"

What Have You Done Since Nam

My name; Richard A. "Rick" the "LION" Dyer...... Well lets see here.... Worked 31 years for the Sacramento Municipal Utility Distract (electrical utility) in hydro head quarters in the Sierra mountains east of Sacramento, retired in 2007. Raised two wonderful and productive kids. I now ride (motorcycle) LOTS, and am the California State Coordinator for The National Veterans Awareness Ride, put on by The National Veterans Awareness Organization www.nvao.us .This is a 10 day ride across our great country that starts in Auburn Ca. each May, and ends in Washington DC on Memorial Day weekend where we participate in Roll Thunder showing support for our POW's and MIA's. The ride is highly organized and each day we visit our Veterans in VA homes and hospitals as we cross the country. We also visit schools to bring more awareness to our young people about our veterans.

Memories of Nam

In Memory of Victor Demott Williams KIA 29 Oct 1971. This was Victor's first mission, having only 32 days in country and around 7 days with us. He had taken my place as AG as I was getting short. I came in country Jan 4, 1971 WIA Oct 29, 1971, home Nov 11, 1971. Was given the name the "LION" while in country..... Some of the brothers I remember..... Hugh "Cowboy" Blosser, James Chadwell, Fran Freeman, Foxie, Puggy, "Laramie", Skidmore, Joe Cooper, "Cactus" Jack Craigen, Lt Carrie, Lt Bosco, Doc Steele, Tate, Ron Penny, Frog, Motown, Fly, Mad Dog, John "Wimp" Gordish, "B-40" Marty,, Rudie, Gil Esquivel, Ken "Mac" Mc Ateer,, Charlie Campuzano, Jay Hosfield, Andrew "AP" Apicella, Danny "Bear" Bowles, "Boots", "Freak", Casteel, Chuck Lamotta, "Flash Gordon", Dave Dick, Doc Shields, William Curtis, "TEE", Ken Heath, "Snidley Whiplash", Helmut Likar, Jim "Wolf" Wolfgarm, Tom Alvarado, and "Six". Things I remember.... Hot, humid, red dirt, monsoon rains, triple canopy jungle, mountain trails, bamboo vipers, scorpions, war ants, VC, 33rd NVA regiment, FB Timbuctu, Jupiter, Pace, others forgotten, CA's, C rations, LURP's, Iodine tabs, malaria tabs, carrying 600 rounds of m60 ammo as AG for my gunner Tom Alvarado, 21 clips for my m16, 2 frags 1 claymore, the shovel, up to 12 quarts of water, digging a gun hole each night, setting claymores and trip flairs each night around our NDP. pulling guard nearly every night in Vietnam, cleaning my 16 daily, piss tubes, pop smoke, your color is red, red mail bag, a letter from home, walking back-up to the point man, walking drag, walking the line, pungie pits, the closeness of my brothers, the trust, 3 nights on a fire base, all night poker, pee-knuckle, hearts, candles made from the waxed covered burlap covering the artillery and mortar powder, mosquito nets, hammocks, air mattress, poncho, poncho liner, bug repellant, leeches, mosquito's, humping, clicks, LZ prep, willie-p, extraction, crossing the blue, mortars, m14, m16, m60, over-under, thump gun, 105, 155, 175, and 8in howitzers, number 1, number 10, dede-mae, (sp?) dinkie dae, and hundreds of other things I've forgot!

What Platoon and Squad Were You In?

HAVE TO EDIT THIS. Talked to Tom Strempka, one the brothers that I new would remember, He graciously reminded me I must have dyslexia, because I have it backwards (not the first time). We/I, was in 1st platoon, second squad. SO was wrong on being in second platoon.... Sorry guys.


Having a brain fart at the moment. Will have to talk to some of the other guys to refresh my memory. I'm going say, 2nd platoon, first squad??? But not sure!!!

What month did you enter in country?

4 January 1971

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Hey Ron, thanks for posting the survey regarding the challenge coin and the patch. I will be buying 5 or 6 coins and at least 4 patches. I would also like to donate $100.00 to the association for the purpose of having these items made and lighten the load a little on the assoc. coffers. Should I make the check payable to the Charlie Co. Ass. or ? Let me know brother.

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Happy Birthday Marjorie Thomas! Hope your day is full of fun and family....

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Hey Rick hope you had a great Christmas.

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Gil, Happy Birthday Day brother. Hope you and Gloria are enjoying retirement.... AND Happy Veterans Day.....

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Cowboy, Happy Birthday brother. Hope all is well with you and Cheri. AND Happy Veterans Day..... If you are ever in Placerville stop and say hi.

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Happy Birthday Philip......

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Happy Birthday Marjorie... Hope you do something crazy fun....

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Lt Walsh plotting out our next day route?
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Me, the GUN, and the Ammo!!
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Me cleaned up.
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Photo of our squad on fire base Jupiter or Timbuktu (can't remember which) just before humping to to the bottom of the hill to set a maned night ambush along a heavily used VC supply trail. Me, front row right squatting
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Time out to Fish. Fox, Cowboy, and Cooper.
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Gil humping the bush.
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B-40 Marty and Cooper.
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Cowboy and Fox digging the gun hole.