Local veteran honored at recent MU Tigers game

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Richard Fricke (at right), of Alma, was honored as ‘Hero of the Game’ at a recent MU Tigers home football game. Joining Fricke on the field were (left to right) his son, Mark Fricke; his daughter, Mary Bargfrede; and his wife, Anna Fricke.
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Richard Fricke, a retired Vietnam veteran from Alma, was honored as the “Hero of the Game” at a recent University of Missouri Tigers’ home game.
Fricke was drafted into the United States Army in February of 1969 during the Vietnam War. He served in Charlie Company with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. They are also known as the Black Scarves. He entered as a PFC and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4th Class in February of 1975.
While serving, Richard received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, Expert Marksman recognition, and 2nd Class Gunner certification.
He was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4th Class in February of 1975. He returned home, married and raised a family in the Alma area.
Recipients of the “Hero of the Game” recognition are nominated by friends or family members. Each recipient receives a financial gift from the MIZZOU Athletic Fund. During each MU Tigers home football game, the University of Missouri acknowledges a “Hero of the Game.” Sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans. Veterans United raises funds for free tickets so veterans can attend the game on Military Appreciation Day.

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