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Richard Peter Gabriel, Sr.
First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
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Richard Gabriel, 54, of Great Falls, Virginia, was a Vietnam War veteran who had been awarded a Purple Heart after losing a leg in battle and spending several days alone in the jungle. When he died aboard American Airlines Flight 77, his daughter, Patricia, said, he was on his way to Australia to do business for the firm he founded, Stratin Consulting Company.

"He had a big presence and strong personality," she said. "When he came into a room, everybody felt his presence."

Gabriel was a native of New York and a graduate of Manhattan College. He received a master's degree in business from Columbia University after the war and worked for General Foods and other companies before starting his consulting company, she said.

He was an avid reader of history books and loved spending time with his family. He is also survived by his wife, Ann, and four sons.

Patricia Gabriel said she was working in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday when the attacks occurred. When she heard that they involved a flight to Los Angeles, his first stop, "the first thing I thought of was my father."

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RP Gabriel Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006

GABRIEL, RICHARD PETER
1ST LT   US MARINE CORPS
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/12/1968 - 09/30/1969
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/13/1946
DATE OF DEATH: 09/11/2001
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/09/2002
BURIED AT: SECTION 3  SITE 2067-C
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY



RP Gabriel Gravesite PHOTO

RP Gabriel Gravesite PHOTO

RP Gabriel Gravesite PHOTO
Photos Courtesy of Holly, September 2007


Posted: 27 November 2004  Updated: 27 August 2005 Updated: 21 August 2006 Updated: 14 September 2007
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