Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps

A Cape Coral resident, Richard Hein was just 19 years old when he joined the Marine Corps in 1968. He trained as a radio operator in an infantry company at Camp Pendleton, Calif, Hein was soon deployed to a U.S. Air Force base in Da Nang, Vietnam. For the next 13 months Lance Cpl. Hein fought courageously alongside fellow Marines in thick jungle terrain, as they battled to counter the advances of North Vietnamese soldiers. Upon his return to the United States, Hein joined the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department where he worked for 25 years before retiring to Florida.