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Henry Rivest

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Personal Data:

    Birth Date:  April 7, 1946

    Birth Place:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Race:  Caucasian

    Religion:  Roman Catholic   

    U.S. Citizen:  Yes

    Father's Name:  Paul H. Rivest

    Mother's Name:  Catherine E. (Donovan) Rivest

    Sibling Names:  Peter, Christopher, Michelle   

    Marital Status:  Single


rivest_classroom.jpg (60430 bytes) Grammar School:  Lambert Lavoie School, Chicopee, Massachusetts 

    High School:  Cathedral High School, Springfield, Massachusetts

    Diploma:  1964

rivest_memorial.jpg (83361 bytes)    College:  attended Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Selective Service Data:

    SSS Local Board Number:  77       

    SSS Local Board Location:  Chicopee, Massachusetts

Military Service Record:

    Entry Date:  March 26, 1968

    Entry Mode:  Enlistment

    Entry Location:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Home Of Record:  Springfield, Massachusetts

    Military Branch:  Army

    Military Component:  Reserve

    Rank:  First Lieutenant

    Rank Abbrev:  1LT

    Pay Grade:  O2

    MOS:  31542 (as recorded in the Southeast Asia CACCF)

    MOS Title:  Infantry Unit Commander

    MOS Background:   

The title commander doesn't mean that LT Rivest was in fact the unit commander, but that he was an officer qualified for a leadership position in that type of unit and could have been a commander.  31542 is an invalid or unofficial MOS.  As a Special Forces type, he probably was a 1542.

    Awards Received (links are downloadable PDF files):   

Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star Medal with "V" device; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal

    Badges Earned:  Parachute Badge; Expert Badge with Rifle Bar and Pistol Bar

    Length Of Service:  not reported

Southeast Asia Tour Data:

    Date Tour Commenced:  October 11, 1969

    Major Command:  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Sub Command 1:  1st Special Forces

    Sub Command 2:  SOA (Special Operations Augmentation) CCC (Command and Control Central)

    Army Campaign Number:  11th

    Army Campaign Name:  Summer - Fall 1969

Casualty Data:

    Casualty Date:  June 4, 1970

    Casualty Time:  1300

    Casualty Age:  24

    Casualty Data 1:  Hostile

    Casualty Data 2:  Ground Casualty

    Casualty Data 3:  Gun, Small Arms Fire

    Casualty Province:  Unknown Province

    Casualty Country:  Laos

    Body:  Recovered


    Burial Location:  St. Rose Cemetery, Chicopee, Massachusetts 

    Burial Plot Location: 

    Burial Date:  June 18, 1970

    Consigned Funeral Home:  Fleury Funeral Home, Chicopee, Massachusetts  

    Escort Name:  CPT Art M. Dello-Russo, USA (personal friend from 5th Special Forces)

    Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  43rd

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  09W

                                                    Line Number:  9 

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