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In Memory of U.S. Army Private First Class

Richard Nicholas Kloos

Gary, South Dakota, Deuel County

 February 26, 1948 – September 11, 1968

Died of Wounds in Vietnam

Richard Nicholas Kloos was born on February 26, 1948, in Canby, Minnesota, to Elizabeth and Leo Kloos. He had three brothers; Larry, Donald, and Tim, and three sisters; Betty, Linda, and Colleen. The family moved to Gary, South Dakota, from Canby, Minnesota. He played football at Gary High School and was in the junior and senior class play, and also liked track. He was also a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army on February 6, 1968. He received basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He left for Vietnam in July 8, 1968, for his tour of duty as part of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade.

On September 11, 1968, PFC Richard Kloos died for wounds that he received when a hostile mine detonated in Vietnam. His body was recovered and returned to the United States. His funeral services were held on September 23, 1968, at St. Peters Catholic Church, in Gary, South Dakota, and he was buried with military honors at the Gary cemetery.

He received posthumously the Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Sharpshooter Badge with rifle and automatic rifle bars. His citation for the Army Commendation Medal reads as follows:

For the performance of exceptionally meritorious service in support of the United States objectives in the counter-insurgency effort in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 22 July 1968 to 11 September 1968.

Through his outstanding professional competence and devotion to duty he consistently obtained superior results. Working long and arduous hours, he set an example that inspired his associates to strive for maximum achievement. The loyalty, initiative and will to succeed that he demonstrated at all times materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of the mission of this command.

He was survived by his parents, Leo and Elizabeth Kloos, three sisters, Betty, Linda Jesme, and Coleen Beck, and three brothers, Tim, Larry, and Donald.

The family received many letters, including one, dated September 20, 1968, from the Governor at the time, Nils A. Boe. The following is a more personal letter, dated October 1, 1968, from the Battalion Chaplain of the 3rd Infantry to the family of Richard Kloos:

This entry was respectfully submitted by Tonn Tetrault, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, October 4, 2005. Information was provided by Elizabeth Kloos, Gary Interstate 9/24/68 issue, and Vietnam Veterans Bonus Application. Profile approval by Elizabeth Kloos.


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