On July 18, 1967, Commander Richard D. Hartman’s A-4E jet airplane fell victim to anti-aircraft fire near Phu Ly, Nam Ha Province, North Vietnam. Although Hartman ejected the aircraft safely, he remained behind enemy lines.

The next day, four other Naval personnel were killed while attempting to rescue of Hartman. Hartman was eventually captured and “died in captivity."

His remains were repatriated on March 6, 1974. Hartman is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 11.

This Fallen Hero grew up in New York State, although during his military career he listed his home address as Gertrude Street in Clark. This was the home of his aunt, with whom he visited and stayed many times.