Richard Sisk was Commissioned a 2ndLt in the Marine Corps in 1967. He graduated from The Basic School (TBS) with 498 other lieutenants in the Fall of 1967. Of his TBS class approximately 50% would become casualties — “forty-three were killed in Vietnam. One was killed in Lebanon. Another six died in training accidents. More than 200 were wounded.” No other TBS class has ever suffered casualties like 6/67 did. Richard talks about looking back at their time in Vietnam during the height of the fighting of that War and what that view looks like after 50 years.
His article about his Basic School class and their 50th reunion is here published on militarycom. The article itself is certainly worth a read, as is the link provided within the article that details the death of 2ndLt Terry Graves who was posthumously award the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions while serving as a platoon commander with 3d Force Reconnaissance Company (click here). Graves Hall at TBS is named in his honor.
— Richard Sisk was a member of TBS 6/67. He served with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, in Vietnam where he was wounded twice. He has spent a career in journalism with the New York Daily News and now with Military.com . He can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.