5 Yrs & Vietnam Vet Green Beret Captain Grave Still Left Unmarked?


5 Yrs & Vietnam Vet Green Beret Captain Grave Still Left Unmarked?

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DAVID YUZUK & PETER BENSON BENSON started this petition to Jeff Sandy Jeff.Sandy@wv.gov and

Unmarked grave of a Vietnam Vet Green Beret Captain:

My friend David Yuzuk's friend Green Beret Captain Richard J. Flaherty who is believed to be the smallest man to ever serve in the US military - Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, & 2 Purple Hearts. Next week on May 9th will be the five year anniversary of his death and it will also mark the 5th year the cemetery refuses to put up his headstone (which is paid for).

David was contacted over a year ago by Veteran Bill Heizer who wanted to pay his respects to Flaherty and discovered Flaherty's grave unmarked. Mr. Heizer is the one who put those two flags over Richards body. Since then David has called the cemetery numerous times and received nothing but excuses. Other members from Richard's family have called the cemetery begging them to honor their contract and give him his headstone.

David has contacted local W. Virginai media several times asking for help but apparently they felt Richards story wasn't worth their time. Richard deserves a headstone to honor his memory and sacrifice to our country. David Yuzuk is also the author of the book on Flaherty's life called, "The Giant Killer."  David and Richard's family are asking for your help to correct this unjust and lack of action from the cemetery on Richard's behalf.

Below is the cemetery info where Richard is buried, Governor of W.V. and Mayor of Milton, W.V. as well as more on Richard's incredible life. Please someone help this American hero who served his country honorably.  Sign the petition and make a PHONE CALL TO THE MAYOR & GOVERNOR...Richard would do it for you.

Forest Memorial Park Cemetery
2240 US-60
Milton, WV 25541
(304) 743-0204

Governor of W.V.

James C. Justice
Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305
Office Phone:304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731 or Governor's Mansion:

Mayor's office Tom Canterbury

At 4’ 9” 97lbs, Captain Richard J. Flaherty is believed to be one of the smallest men to ever serve in the US military. He earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star w/V, Bronze Star (3OLC), Purple Heart (1OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Parachutist Badge among others for his service in Vietnam.

He attended infantry OCS and was commissioned a 2Lt on August 31,1967. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. He went to Vietnam with the Division and served as a Platoon Leader and Recon Platoon Leader with companies B, C and D, 1st Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Rgt.
He returned to CONUS and attended the Special Forces Officer Course at Fort Bragg, NC. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group. He returned to South East Asia and the 46th Special Forces Company in Thailand.
He served as an A Detachment Commander and Liaison Officer. In 1970 he was reassigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, MA. He served as both an A and B detachment Commander. He was discharged in October, 1971 as a Captain. He served in the Reserves until 1983.

On May 9, 2015 and living homeless on the streets of Miami he was killed in a hit and run. The book The "Giant Killer" was written about his extraordinary life.

Thank You for Supporting Those Who Sacrificed. 


David Yuzuk, Bill Heizer, Peter Benson, The Flaherty Family and All Those That Served!


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