RICHARD C. RUTKIEWICZ, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Rutkiewicz '61

Date of birth: September 10, 1936

Date of death: November 19, 1970

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

Richard does not appear in the 1961 Lucky Bag.

Obituary

From The Perquimans Weekly (North Carolina) on November 26, 1970:

Lt. Cmdr. Richard C. Rutkiewicz Killed Instantly

Lt. Cmdr. Richard C. Rutkiewicz, 34, husband of Mrs. Patricia Elliott Rutkiewicz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Elliott of Rt. 1, Hertford, was killed instantly Thursday on the carrier Forrestal. Lt Rutkiewics, the assistant catapult and arresting gear officer aboard the carrier, was struck by the wing of an A7 Corsair II jet being launched.

A native of Mannheim, Germany, Rutkiewicz was the son of Mrs. Helma Rutkiewics of Ravena, New York.

Besides mother and wife, he is survived by a two-year-old daughter, Christina Rutkieiwicz of Virginia Beach; a brother, Adolf Rutkieiwicz of Ravena, N.Y. and a sister, Mrs. Maria Bourguignon of New Baltimore, New York.

The article above was on Thursday; believe the date of the accident was a week before, on November 19, 1970.

Richard is buried in New York.

Other

Richard & his wife hosted a wetting-down sometime before April 1970 at Monterrey.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall spelling is RUTHIEWICZ. The correct spelling is "RUTKIEWICZ" — this is how it appears in the 1961 Lucky Bag for "Those We Left Behind" and how it's spelled in all other records that have been found, including in the newspaper and a listing of officers who graduated the Naval Post Graduate School Catalogue in 1970, under "Bachelors of Science in Engineering Science."

Also spelled correctly in the 1959 Naval Academy Register, which notes that Richard resigned from the Naval Academy on October 7, 1957. The code next to his name also indicates he "Voluntarily resigned and transferred to or resumed former enlisted status."


Class of 1961

Richard is one of 22 members of the Class of 1961 in Memorial Hall.