2Lt. Richard Warren Pershing

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2Lt. Richard Warren Pershing

Birthplace: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: February 17, 1968 (25)
Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam (Viet Nam) (KIA, Viet Nam)
Place of Burial: 1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, 22211, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Francis Warren Pershing, (USA) and Muriel Bache 'MuMu' Pershing (Richards)
Fiancé of Private
Brother of Colonel John Warren Pershing

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About 2Lt. Richard Warren Pershing

2Lt. Richard 'Persh" Warren Pershing

“His Park Avenue upbringing, his sports car, and his devil-may-care, debonair attitude made him of a world glamorous and foreign to the rest of us.” - Yale Alumni Magazine

The grandson of General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing, Richard Warren Pershing was born in New York City on October 25, 1942.

His father, Francis Warren Pershing, was a partner in Pershing & Company stockbrokers. His grandfather, who commanded the American Expeditionary Force in World War I, died in 1948 at age 88. His grandmother died in 1916. He was engaged to be married 6 months before he was killed.

He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale College, where he was member of Skull and Bones, an undergraduate secret honors society. He completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia just before his engagement.

Senator Francis E. Warren of Wyoming (Medal of Honor, in the Civil War) was his great grandfather.
One of the many news clippings from the time of his death reported: "The 25-year-old grandson of John J. Pershing was killed-in-action in Vietnam on February 17, 1968, his parents reported yesterday.

News of his death was carried to his home at 771 Park Avenue in New York on Sunday (February 18,
1968) by a special representative of the Secretary of Army. He went to Vietnam last December 13 with the 101st Airborne Division, and died February 17 from what the official telegram of notification described as 'wounds received while on a combat mission when his unit came under hostile small-arms and rocket attack while searching for remains of a missing member of his unit.'"

Below are several more newspaper notifications of his death as well as the report on his funeral services before interment in Arlington.
Grandson of General John Joseph 'Blackjack' Pershing. He was killed in Vietnam in 1968 and is buried next to his grandfather.

He was also the grandson of the late Mrs. Frederick Beckman and Mr. Frederick Lloyd Richards, both of New York. Governor and U.S. Senator Francis Emory Warren of Wyoming (Medal of Honor in the Civil War) and Jules S. Bache were his great grandfathers.

NOTE: Pershing's fellow Skull & Bones brothers from the Class of 1966 included U.S. Secretary of State & Senator and Massachusetts Lt. Governor John Forbes Kerry, Federal Express (FedEx) founder Frederick Wallace Smith, and U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Hoadley Thorne

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2Lt. Richard Warren Pershing's Timeline

October 25, 1942
New York, New York County, New York, United States
February 17, 1968
Age 25
Hue, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam (Viet Nam)
February 27, 1968
Age 25
Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, 22211, United States