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Richard Buzzell '68

Date of birth: September 27, 1942

Date of death: December 19, 1970

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


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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 Training. 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 Ellyson 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

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John Esposito '68 and James Jones '68 were also in 22nd Company.

Class of 1968

Richard is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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