Richard Noyola

Posted on April 3, 2010


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This is how Richard’s older brother Carlos remembers him.  Richard was born in Port Arthur, Texas. I had moved to Hollywood, California and since Richard could not find a job in Port Arthur he moved to Los Angeles to be with me. He enrolled in a community college but like many a young person he got bit by the “Acting Bug”. He began taking acting classes and piano lessons.

I remember Richard saying “I always ate at home, I’m not use to eating in restaurants, so let’s go out and eat when possible so I can know what to do and what to expect. So we did that, we went to “restaurant Row” as often as we could. We were really living it up.

If I am not mistaken, Richard was 21 years old when he was drafted. It never entered my mind that he might get killed. When our mom called and told me what happened it really hurt. I was Richard’s big brother but I was also like a father to him. He was my younger brother but he was like a son to me as well.

I missed Richard today as much as ever. He was a number one kind of guy. He was the family favorite. Everyone that ever met him loved him.

Richard was assigned to Charlie Troop on February 25, 1966 and was Killed in Action on April 11, 1966. Richard was a member of the Blue Platoon. He was an Infantryman. Richard was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.