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Chester Arthur Richmond , Jr.

Date of birth: February 22, 1917
Date of death: December 8, 2012
Burial location: Kent, Washington
Place of Birth: California, San Francisco
Home of record: Berkeley California

Chester Richmond served in the Army for two years before being appointed a Coast Guard Cadet. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, Class of in 1941. He retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1977.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Chester Arthur Richmond, Jr., United States Coast Guard, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States, culminating as Commander, THIRTEENTH Coast Guard District, Seattle, Washington, from June 1973 to July 1977. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Rear Admiral Richmond culminate a long and distinguished career in the service of his country and his dedicated contributions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: June 1973 - July 1977

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Rear Admiral

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Commander Chester Arthur Richmond, Jr., United States Coast Guard, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight on 12 and 13 April 1961, as pilot of HUL-1G CGNR 1338, engaged in delivery of a doctor and emergency medical supplies to St. George Island, Alaska, and subsequent air evacuation of two critically burned persons. Commander Richmond had departed the Coast Guard Air Detachment, Kodiak, Alaska as Aircraft Commander of UF-2G CGNR 7228, to accomplish the mission . However surrounding ice conditions precluded a water landing and he proceeded to St. Paul Island to await the arrival of HUL-1G CGNR 1338, which he had ordered for use as an alternate means of rescue. When the helicopter was readied, despite hazardous weather conditions and completely disregarding his own safety, Commander Richmond immediately departed for St. George with a doctor and emergency supplies on board. The ensuing forty-three mile over water flight was accomplished in total darkness, and a landing executed at the village ball field illuminated only by headlights of two trucks. The doctor and medical supplies were rushed to the aid of the critically burned persons, and emergency treatment administered throughout the night. At daybreak Commander Richmond successfully evacuated the doctor and patients to St. Paul Island, where they could be further transported to a hospital. Commander Richmond's expert airmanship, dauntless valor, sound judgment, and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Coast Guard.

Action Date: April 12 & 13, 1961

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Commander