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TALLAHASSEE Rep. Don Fuqua named four Floridians to service academies yesterday: Samuel C. Poppell, Perry, to the Air Force Academy, Richard A. Gwinn, Quincy. to West Point, and James E. Seay of Marianna and Franklin Smith of Carrabelle, to Annapolis.

[The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, 10 Feb 1966, Thu, Main Edition, Page 17]

[courtesy of Tony Hargrove]

Grave marker for 1/Lt Richard A. Gwinn in Hillcrest Cemetery, Quincy (Gadsden county), Florida.

Richard graduated from the USMA ca. 1968 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt.

He began his tour in Vietnam on 24 March 1969 and was killed by small-arms fire in Long An, South Vietnam on 26 September 1969.

His grave marker indicates that he received the Silver Star.

He is honored on Panel 17W Line 010 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

Tampa man, 2 others Die in Viet 

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Department of Defense announced yesterday that a Tampa man and two other Florida soldiers have lost their lives in Vietnam. Latest victims of the war were listed as Spec. 4 Thomas F. Lawlor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Lawlor, 7511 W. Henry St., Tampa; Lt. Richard A. Gwinn, of Miami and Sgt. Kenneth N. Hatch, of Pensacola.

[The Tampa Times, Tampa, FL, 30 Sep 1969, Tue, Main Edition. Page 11]

Lt. Richard A. Gwinn

   QUINCY - First Lt. Richard Alfred Gwinn. USA. of Miami died Friday. Sept. 26. in Vietnam as a result of direct enemy action. He was 21.
   A native of Quincy, he was in the 3rd BDE 82nd Airborne Division. He was also a member of the Methodist Church in Orono. Me.
   Lt. Gwinn is survived by his mother. Jean Jernigan Gwinn of Miami; his father. Mack W. Gwinn of Miami; one brother. Mack W. Gwinn Jr. of Ft. Bragg. N.C.: his grandmother. Mrs. E. H. Jernigan of Quincy; and two aunts. Mrs. Roma Horton and Mrs. Carl Rugio. both of Quincy.
   J. B. Adams Funeral Home of Quincy is in charge of arrangements. Full military honors will be given at the funeral.

[Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, FL, 05 Oct 1969, Sun. Page 12]