On This Day, 8-NOV 1969, We Honor a Fallen Hero

Richard Lyle Adams was born 28-FEB 1945 in Florissant MO.  Richard was the son of Mrs. Hazel Helton Adams (1924-2015) and Mr. Otis Adams. He had one sister, Sandra Orf of O’Fallon MO. 

Richard was an E6, Staff Sergeant in the Army.  Richard was a bridge specialist, in 1st Infantry Division, E Company, 1st Eng Battalion. Richard served from 1963-1969.  Richard served multiple tours in Vietnam.  He was in Vietnam for six months on this tour.  

He was killed in action on 8-NOV 1969 of multiple fragmentation wounds.  He was killed while a passenger on a military watercraft on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered in Bình Duong, Vietnam.  Richard was awarded Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, Bronze Star for Merit, Purple Heart.  

Posted by a friend and “fellow river rat” on 15-DEC 2015 on vvmf.org:  


It has been a long time since we talked. You have no idea how many times I have thought of you. I will never forget the look on your face when we retrieved Knight’s body out of the river. We were together in my boat on another night when you said you would give $20 for a decent cup of coffee. You were gone a few nights later. I left one for you at the wall. When we meet again we’ll have one together. For certain and roger that. Till then my friend…

Posted by Sandy on 10-OCT 2000 on vvmf.org:  


Richard was my step-brother and though I didn’t know him well, I had great respect for him. Rich returned to Vietnam four times. His reason? He was single and if he went another man with a wife & family wouldn’t have to go. What greater honor is there than to offer one’s life to save another…

Richard is on the Wall on Panel 16W, Line 044.  Richard’s funeral was at St. Charles Borromeo Church in St. Charles Missouri and he is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Military Cemetery.

Richard Lyle Adams is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum.  

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at sccvetsmuseum@gmail.com or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.