LESLIE ALLEN BELLRICHARD, PFC USA - "And God said who shall we send, I answered I am here, send me."
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PFC Leslie Allen Bellrichard
BY DUANE A VACHON, PH.D. Bellrichard was born on December 4 1941 at Janesville Wisconsin. When he was in his early teens his family moved to San Jose California. San Jose was to become his hometown and it was from there (Oakland) he joined the Army.
Whilst I did not know Bellrichard, I was with MACV serving in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam on May 20 1967 and involved in the same conflict in which he bravely gave his life. Ironically our paths have crossed again; I live between two homes, one in Honolulu, and the other in San Jose.
San Jose lost not only Bellrichard but another 141 of its sons to the Vietnam War. While many communities have chosen to honor Medal of Honor recipients, Rock County where his birth city is has voted not to. The city supervisors voted 20 to 4 not to rename the Lower Courthouse Park in honor of the Medal of Honor recipient. The City of San Jose, Bellrichard’s adopted home town on the other hand, created a memor
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