Richmond Nail
1935 - 2020
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Richmond Nail
Fayetteville—Richmond J. Nail, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Autum Care of Fayetteville.
Richmond was born May 3,1935 in Izard County, AR to the late Elsie (Barnes) and Richard Nail. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Nail.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Cumberland Memorial Gardens, 4509 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304.
Richmond is survived by a son, Todd Nail and wife Jill, niece Courtney Loiselle and great niece Maison (MJ) Loiselle.
Richmond spent 53 years serving our country, 30 years active duty (retired E- 9 SGM) and 20 years civil service at Camp McCall as a SERE school survival instructor in which he was instrumental in setting up the SERE program.

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Published in Fayetteville Observer from Sep. 11 to Sep. 13, 2020.
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October 25, 2020
Richmond and I served together for almost two years on ODA-591, C Company, 3rd BN, 5th SFGA. I was the Team Leader and he was the Team Sergeant. Later as Commander, ODB-591, Richmond was one of my Team Sergeants for over a year. During our over three years together he was the best Team Sergeant I served with, which includes both 10th & 5th SGFA. He was a true American Patriot and a loyal friend. Richmond, MSG (R) Jim Parker, and I spent a lot of time together and conducted several OCONUS deployments. Richmond will be missed by many SF Soldiers.
LTC (R) Arnie Peterman
Served In Military Together
October 10, 2020
He was a pleasant man.
LaVerne Jones
Friend
September 28, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
curt cleveland
Coworker
September 21, 2020
First met the CSM when he was teaching out at SERE (1985) as a SERE student. Fast forward to OCT 2001 and I am reporting to the SERE CMTE and who is the first cat I see down at little muddy doing a body repel.....CSM Nail. They don't make them like him anymore. It was a priviledge and honor to have learned and worked with him during my time at SERE.
Terry Cole
Student
September 19, 2020
June was a cousin of mine in Cushman, AR. He introduced me to my husband, Johnnie Roberts, at a cafe there in 1958 when I was a senior in high school. We will be married 58 years this Wednesday. We have so many fond memories and lots of stories throughout the years. May you rest in peace my cousin. Love, Hazel and Johnnie Roberts.
Hazel Roberts
Family
September 19, 2020
may he rest in peace in Walhalla
Frank Novotny, Cpt. ret.
Frank Novotny
Military
September 18, 2020
Thomas, Richmond,Mary and Jimmy.<br />
September 17, 2020
Jimmy, Richmond,Thomas
One of my favorite pictures.
Ashley Mills
September 17, 2020
Della Nail
Family
September 16, 2020
Ashley,Kaleb,Kaden Mills
Family
September 16, 2020
Ashley Mills
Family
September 16, 2020
Legend of a man. I briefly knew him in the early 80s and was a teammate in fifth group. Fantastic mentor and an example for all to follow. He will be sorely missed

RIP DOL
David McNaul
Served In Military Together
September 15, 2020
One of my many indelible memories of Phase I in the Q Course in the early ‘70s was this remarkable man who we knew was a legend then. I remember frequently imitating his quote, All you need is your poncho and ammo, ammo, ammo. Thank You Sergeant Major, we are all better because of you.
Recoil
Military
September 14, 2020
I met Richmond Nail in 1961 we were in the Division Artillery Richard was a staff sergeant and I was a Private First Class. I will always remember Richmond as a mentor and a great leader. RIP my Brother.
Alsee RICHARDSON SGM(ret)
Fayetteville nc

Alsee Richardson
Friend
September 13, 2020
I met Richmond in early 1969 when he was assigned to B-55, 5th Mobile Strike Force as a platoon leader in 6th Company, 2d Bn. I was also assigned to 6th Co as a medic. Our first operation together was in March 1969; Battle of Nui Coto. I was with Rich when he was gravely wounded on the 17th of March. Shortly after he was hit, we became pinned down together for almost 8 hours, only being able to return to friendly lines during hours of darkness. Richmond's injuries included a lost eye, head trauma and GSWs to the lower back. The combination of his wounds and not being able to be medically evacuated for over 8 hrs. would have killed most men. Richmond went on after the war to serve with with selfless devotion to duty, ultimately being honored as A Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment. Truly one of the bravest and toughest men ever to wear the Green Beret. Richmond Nail, rest in peace my brother. I'll see you on the high ground soon enough. Slow Salute
Hampton Dews
Served In Military Together
September 12, 2020
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Doris Camacho
September 12, 2020
We all got off the bus at Camp McCall late November 1972, cold and pouring rain. The first thing we see is a goat tied to a tree. We're all looking at each other. SGT Nail walks over and says "I'm SFC Nail, you will do what I tell you to do or your gone." Then he says what was probably his most famous line of many, "I'm so good looking, my heart can hardly stand it!" What mentor and trainer. Much respect! RIP SFC Nail.
Harold Boosahda
September 12, 2020
One of the finest NCO's I've known. Went on a few field trips with Richmond and I especially liked the one where we first met. He was the Instructor at Camp McCall and I was the student, what a ride that was. Great guy, RIP -
Richard A. Green
Coworker
September 12, 2020
I had the pleasure of serving with Richmond in C/3/5 SFG after Vietnam. Richmond suffered severe injuries in Vietnam losing an eye and a lung. He was a true inspiration continuing to serve in Special Forces until his military retirement and then continued to serve as an SF Training Instructor. He used his vast knowledge and enthusiasm to instruct and aid future Special Forces soldiers to make Special Forces the national asset it is today. Rest in a well deserved and earned peace Richmond. De Oppresso Liber
Ignacio "Iggy" Balderas
Military
September 12, 2020
I had the honor of working with SGM, then MSG Richmond Nail. A better friend and NCO you couldn't find. You'll never be forgotten, and your contributions to Special Forces and mankind always at the front of thoughts. Until Valhalla.
Richard L. Harvey, CPT, US Army, Retired
Served In Military Together
September 12, 2020
When I went through Camp MacKall in late 1970, he was there. I liked his attitude. I recall him reacting when he found a trainee with candy bars in his ammo pouch instead of M-16 magazines. He told the trainee that, "You can't shoot candy bars...." among other things. That stuck with me. b.t.w. I wasn't the trainee.
Claire W. Jones, Jr., CPT(ret), USAR
Served In Military Together
September 12, 2020
Many Wonderfull years together ,a very close friend.,will miss him
mike
Friend
September 12, 2020
Worked with, for and around Richmond at Camp Mackall. A rare piece of work. Always loved and respected him as a boss and as a friend.
Melvin McIntire
Served In Military Together
September 11, 2020
I was blessed to have had so many excellent instructors going through the Special Forces qualification and medical courses in the mid-70's.
SFC Nail, later SGM Nail, was one of them. They freely shared their experiences and expertise, training and mentoring me and setting me up for success, through the lessons that they learned. I'm forever grateful for their efforts and have paid if forward to those coming up behind me.
Gary Shimzu
Served In Military Together
September 11, 2020
Richmond was the ultimate example for all of us, devoted family man, soldier's soldier, teacher and friend. His memory will serve as an inspiration to all who were fortunate to have known him. May the good Lord officiate the reunion with Anne and all dearly departed family and friends in Heaven. We love you Richmond, Lance and Stacy
Lance Kuhn
Friend
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