From a contemporary press report:
Richard J. Kerch, 59, a retired Marine Corps captain who was a decorated Vietnam War veteran, died of cancer June 19, 1998 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Captain Kerch joined the Marine Corps in 1956. He served as a chief warrant officer, then received his commission during the Vietnam War.
In the war, he was assigned to the Marine Aircraft Group 16 of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing near Da Nang. His decorations include a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1978, he attended Georgetown University and worked as an entitlement claims consultant, first for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and then the Military Order of the Purple Heart from 1990 until his death.
He was a member of the bar of the Court of Veterans Appeals.
He was born in Wisconsin.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ines S. Kerch of Falls Church; a brother, Robert L. Kerch of Chantilly; and a sister, Yvonne Kartos of Fond du Lac, Wis.
KERCH, RICHARD J., Capt., USMC (Ret.)
On Friday, June 19, 1998, RICHARD J. KERCH of Falls Church, Virginia, beloved husband of Ines S. Kerch; brother of Robert L. Kerch and Yvonne Kartos, Fond DuLac, Wisconsin. Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, July 2, 1998 at 10:45 a.m. at the Ft. Myer Post Chapel, Ft. Myer, Virginia. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Family requests contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Cancer Aid and Research, 8018 Roxsboro Rd., Norfolk, VA 23505.
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