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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: October 30, 1917
Date of death: November 20, 1945
Age: 28

Lucky Bag

1942 Bond LB.jpg

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Dick, Meatball, Ambrose

Disk's career at the Academy is dotted with many colorful battles, including those with visiting teams, the Executive Department, and as with everyone else, the Academic Departments. His slogan, however, is "Don't Give Up The Ship," and Dick can't miss with that behind him. Not yet has Dick decided his branch of the Service, but whatever it is, may we be shipmates soon again.

Battalion Soccer; Lacrosse 4, 3, 2, N; Reception Committee; 1 Stripe

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about Richard's life or loss. It seems that he was an aviator; his name appears on a list of accidents in the period. He is listed on one memorial as from Norfolk and dying in a "non-battle" incident.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


He appears to have been the first (acting) commanding officer of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 75 in June, 1945.

Class Navigation

Class of 1942
Richard is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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