SAINT MARTINVILLE, LA, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY A, 4TH BRIGADE SPECIAL TROOP BATTALION, 4 BCT, FORT POLK, LA BAGHDAD, IRAQ 04/14/2008
Joseph A. Richard III was known as “Little Joe’” from the time he was learning to walk in St. Martinville, Louisiana with his parents Lois and Joseph Richard. He was known as a quiet and gentle young man, always kind and considerate which earned him the nick name “Sweet Joe” by the time he was in high school. Joe was also known as a very hard and dedicated worker, never quitting on what he believed needed to get accomplished.
Joe pursued a degree in public relations at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette after finishing high school in 1999. He surprised some by opting for the Army in 2003, because they thought he was well suited for the priesthood. But he felt the need to help “save his country,” and that he did. He became a combat engineer non-commissioned officer. Well respected by his seniors and comrades alike, he brought his unique skills and devotion to duty, and dedication to getting it done right.
“Little Joe” was serving his third tour in Iraq when the wounds from an improvised explosive device took his life, at the age of 27. His decorations include the Purple Heart, and the Army Commendation Medal. He is survived by his wife Monique and remembered always by his friends and family.