Lt. Colonel Richard Anshus

 Facts

  • Branch of service or wartime activity:  United States Army
  • Service Dates: June 4, 1969 to June 30, 1997.
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Unit, Division, Battalion,group, ship:  Americal Division
  • War, operation, or conflict: Vietnam
  • Medals:  3 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Merit-orious Service Medals, 3 Air Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Ranger Badge
  • He was a prisoner of war.

Background

Lt. Colonel Richard Anshus served in the United States Army from June 4th, 1969 to June 30th, 1997. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969. Mr. Anshus served in Vietnam as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer with the Americal Division before being shot down on the 8th of March 1971 by Vietnam troops. After the crash, Mr. Anshus fought in order to escape but was wounded by a vietcong soldier and captured. He was marched, driven, and flown to different P.O.W. camps across northern Vietnam. He was at multiple camps such as the Zoo, Plantation Gardens, and then ended up at P.O.W. camp known as Hanoi Hilton where he spent the majority of his time in captivity. He remained in captivity for 25 months were he had to deal with extreme boredom, malnutrition, and interrogations by the vietnam soldiers. Upon reparation, he continued his military career by receiving a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management, and by completing the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Richard Anshus received the following awards and medals: 3 Bronze Star Medals, 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Merit-orious Service Medals, 3 Air Medals, 2 Army Commendation Medals, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Ranger Badge.

 


Student group members

  • Hayden Hewitt
  • Marques Cooper

 

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