RICHARD H. BUZZELL, LTJG, USN
Richard Buzzell '68
Date of birth: September 27, 1942
Date of death: December 19, 1970
From the 1968 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard Buzzell was attached to Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron Three as pilot of a SEAWOLF UH-1B Huey helicopter that went down due to aircraft blade failure in Province: Military Region 4 - An Xugen, South Vietnam.
Co-Pilot, LTJG Antonio Olivarez Ortiz; and two other crewmen, AEC Johnny Ratliff; and ADJ2 Robert Earl Worth were also killed.
The date of the crash was December 19, 1970.
From Wall of Faces:
So long ago since we had that last drink the night before your last flight. Even after all these years, you are not forgotten, my friend. RO, LAXRIDE@YAHOO.COM, 11/12/14
Buzz, that's what we called you in HT-8. You were a classmate of mine going through Helo Trainins. Buzz, impossible as it may seem I stayed in the Navy and was somehow promoted to Captain. I remember the great times we had in the Elyson Field O'club. You were young brash, so very confident and fun loving. We both volunteered for HAL-3, my orders were changed, yours were not. Am thinking of you today shipmate, God rest your soul. CAPTAIN KRIS TANDE, USN (RET), CAPTAINLUD@YAHOO.COM, 6/30/04
Memorial Hall Error?
Richard is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this (incidental to combat flights) has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.