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George Richards

Date of birth: February 6, 1872
Date of death: 9-Jan-48
Place of Birth: Ohio, Ironton
Home of record: Ironton Ohio

George Richards graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1891. He was awarded the Brevet Medal for his heroism during the Boxer Rebellion in China, and earned the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his work in the Paymaster's Department during World War I. He retired with more than 40 years of service in 1936, as a Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Marine Corps Brevet Medal

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Awarded for actions during the China Relief

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to Major George Richards, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy while serving as Paymaster, Colonel Robert L. Meade's Marine Regiment, at the battle of Tientsin, China, on 13 July 1900. On 15 June 1901, Major Richards is appointed Lieutenant Colonel, by brevet, to take rank from 13 July 1900.

General Orders: Marine Corps Orders No. 26 (June 27, 1921)

Action Date: 13-Jul-00

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Company: Paymaster

Regiment: Colonel Robert L. Meade's Marine Regiment

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General George Richards, United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the organization and administration of the Paymaster's Department of the Marine Corps during World War I. Through his energy and efficient management this Department was able successfully to meet the greatly increased burdens and responsibility placed upon it.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Brigadier General

Division: Paymaster's Department