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THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER
T/SGT. RICHARD M. COLE, JR. USAF



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"A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN,"
AND SOME OF US WILL NEVER FORGET!

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THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER
Dedicated to the memory of T/Sgt. Richard M. Cole

     I am a whisper on the wind, of times past, of places long forgotten, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Bataan, Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Seoul, Laos, Saigon, Cambodia, Kuwait. I am the heart of countless numbers of scarred and maimed American veterans, and the soul of the buried unknowns,

     I am an integral part of each white cross in Flanders Field, and I am sealed within each name on 'The Wall'. I am part of each and every headstone of every American soldier in every cemetery around the world.

     I am deeply enmeshed in each tiny undiscovered bone fragment of American soldiers, left behind on foreign soil. I am the unseen shadows, the unheard voices in those many empty cells that once held my brothers in unspeakable torture.

     I am the unbearable pain in the hearts of every mother, father, wife, husband, brother sister, and child, of missing American soldiers from all wars. I am within each and every teardrop shed by these family members for their unaccounted for loved ones.

     I am the essence of each and every drop of blood shed in the past or in the future, by an American soldier in the name of freedom. I am the lifeblood of the colors of the American flag, blue for my loyalty and unwavering dedication, white for my steadfastness, and red for my pride and love of country.

     I am the spirit of those names on the black Granite Wall, of all those
unaccounted for in every war, of those who went away to war as gallant young men and came back, older than time...OR NOT AT ALL.

I AM...THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER!Eagle

Beverly Haire, 1998

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RICHARD'S STORY:
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     ON JUNE 18, 1972, Richard Milton Cole Jr. was shot down in an AC-130 Spectre Gunship over Laos, which was the next day changed to read "South Vietnam."
     Other Personnel in Incident: Jacob Mercer; Richard Nyhof, Robert Wilson, Leon A. Hunt, Larry J. Newman, Paul F. Gilbert, Stanley Lehrke, Robert Harrison, Donald H. Klinke, Gerald F. Ayres, Mark G. Danielson.
     Richard only flew missions in Laos and Cambodia, which the US was NOT supposed to be doing and so this actual crash site and shoot down was COVERED UP by the US, even to the families of the crew members involved.
     There were three survivors of the crash who saw another crewman successfully deploy from the aircraft at a distance far from the actual crash site. Richard and 8 other crewmembers were reported missing in South Vietnam.
     LATER IN 1978, their status was changed to Killed In Action, with no justification for this change, as no bodies or crash site were discovered.
     IN 1994, two teeth from a crew member (which could have been extracted at a POW Camp) and a handful of bone fragments which were not DNA tested, were returned to the US, and a group burial was performed, declaring that these UNTESTED bone fragments and two teeth were the NINE missing crewmen.
     ReportsRead reports on this situation
     Case SynopsisCase Synopsis & Air Force Photo
     Neither I, nor most of the other families accept these untested fragments or teeth as positive identification of our loved ones. The US Government REFUSES to exhume and perform DNA testing, and the site in South Vietnam where they were SUPPOSEDLY found is not even remotely near the fake coordinates in South Vietnam where the aircraft "SUPPOSEDLY" went down. Our Government has been LYING to us for 30 years about our loved ones, and CONTINUES to LIE. However, we have received "CONFIDENTIAL" information and parts of declassified information that show there is a cover-up by the US Government.
     Why can't they tell the truth after all these years and let us have closure? That is the least they can do. Richard's Father is deceased now, without ever having known if his son was dead or alive. Many of the parents and spouses are ill or aged, and want to know before they too are gone.  Wouldn't you want to know if it was your loved one?
     We the American people cannot give up on asking our government to give us an honest and full accounting of our missing loved ones and, some of us never will. Please view the link sites I have included in my site, and see how you can help! It has been a long hard struggle for those of us who have a missing loved one, over 30 years for some, and you can help! You can adopt a missing serviceman, or you can join the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, or plant a tree and place a yellow ribbon on it for a missing American serviceman! Please check out the links to learn more about what you can do to help...it won't cost you anything but a few moments of your time.
      I SEND MY LOVE TO MY "BROTHERS" GUNNY FALLON AND TED GUY, AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD FOR AN ACCOUNTING OF OUR MISSING LOVED ONES.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL. "A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN", 
AND SOME OF US WILL NEVER FORGET!
     For those of you reading this, don't ever think, well, I'm only one person, how can I make a difference, well...look at it this way, have you ever been in bed with just one mosquito buzzing around you? One, just "one" can and will make a difference to our forgotten servicemen. They gave their all to us, can't we give something back to them and their families by attempting to find the truth? Please help and get involved, your help as American citizens who care is desperately needed!!
     DICK,


                  YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED AND MISSED, AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! YOU ARE NOT 'JUST A NAME ON A WALL' YOU HAVE BEEN IN MY THOUGHTS DAY AND NIGHT FOR 30 YEARS, AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY "KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR." A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN, NONE OF YOU WILL EVER BE FORGOTTEN, AND I WILL FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH UNTIL MY DYING BREATH! 

I LOVE YOU, MY KNIGHT!For Richard

    If any family member or loved one reads this and also had a family member designated MIA/KIA on the same mission as T/Sgt. Richard Milton Cole, Jr., shot down on June 18, 1972, and wishes to contact me personally for exchange of information, please call me at: (941) 637-6602, there are still 3 unaccounted for from this mission, and possibly 12, since there was no DNA or other forensic testing done on the remains of the nine who were returned in 1994 and buried in a mass grave at Arlington. I do not believe from the information that I have, that these remains were "our family members and loved ones".

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