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Randolph Ridgely , Jr.

Date of birth: 1871
Date of death: June 14, 1951
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Home of record: Augusta Georgia

Randolph Ridgely was a non-graduating member of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1892 and later 1894. After leaving both times, he enlisted in and was commissioned in the Coast Guard. He served from 1932 to 1935 as Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, and retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral in 1935.


Navy Cross

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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 Cross to Captain Randolph Ridgely, Jr., United States Coast Guard, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. YAMACRAW and the U.S.S. CASTINE, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of transporting and escorting troops and supplies through waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, during World War I.

Action Date: 1918

Service: Coast Guard

Rank: Captain

Company: Commanding Officer

Division: U.S.S. Yamacraw & USS Castine