Vietnam: Richard D. Hartman, United States Navy, Commander, Serial No. 613595

Richard D. Hartman was shot down over North Viet Nam. Although he survived the crash, he died in captivity. Credits: William Duffy

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.


Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.

Find out more about William Duffy:    One Man’s Quest to Keep Alive the Memory of Clark’s War Dead

The series runs daily through Memorial Day, 2017.  Click for an index of stories. 


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