From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Richard Boutelle '34

Date of birth: January 17, 1914

Date of death: December 13, 1944

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


Dick died of his wounds received in the kamikaze attack on USS Nashville (CL 43) on December 13, 1944. The attack also killed 132 other officers and crew.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) to Commander Richard Roome Boutelle (NSN: 0-73437), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Engineer Officer of the Light Cruiser U.S.S. NASHVILLE (CL-3) from 15 September 1943 to 13 December 1944. During the period of his service, that ship participated in many bombardments in the Central Pacific Area and many bombardments and landing operations in the South Pacific and Southwest Pacific Areas. In addition, this ship, with high officials embarked, proceeded on various important independent missions. The engineering plant required little attention of personnel outside the engineering department of the ship. Furthermore, from time to time, the engineering personnel assisted other vessel as regards repairs and material. When mortally wounded by enemy action, Commander Boutelle's last thoughts were of his duties and he was attempting to carry out these duties when he died. In addition, so well were his subordinates trained by him that, although the ship was seriously damaged, they were able to carry one efficiently and restore the fighting power of the ship under grave conditions. Throughout, Commander Boutelle's conduct and splendid service in this position of responsibility, reflect great credit upon himself, the ship, and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Board Serial 003 (January 9, 1945)
Action Date: September 15, 1943 - December 13, 1944
Rank: Commander
Division: U.S.S. Nashville (CL-43)


Dick was survived by his parents, George and Eunice.

Class of 1934

Richard is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.