Alfred C. Richmond


Alfred C. Richmond

Alfred Carroll Richmond (January 18, 1902-March 15, 1984), He served as the eleventh Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1954 to 1962, the second longest tenure of any U.S. Coast Guard Commandant.

Early life and career

Alfred Richmond was born in Waterloo, Iowa and moved to Northern Virginia with his family at the age of ten. After receiving a high school certificate from Massanutten Military Academy of Woodstock, Virginia, he entered the College of Engineering at The George Washington University at the age of 16 in 1918 and graduated in 1922, the same year he was appointed as a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. While a student at George Washington University, he was employed at the United States Naval Observatory. Upon graduating from the Academy in 1924, with senior man honors, he was commissioned as an Ensign and served as an aide to Commandant Frederick C. Billard until 1926, when he was promoted to Lieutenant j.g. and appointed to the Coast Guard Academy staff. Prior to World War II, he also served aboard a Coast Guard cutter in the Arctic region. During the war, he served as commander of a Coast Guard cutter assigned to convoy duty in the northern Pacific Ocean, and was later transferred to London, where he served as senior Coast Guard officer on the command staff of the US Navy forces in Europe, where he helped coordinate the D-Day invasion. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Post-World War II career

Following the war, he was assigned to Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, serving as Supply Division Chief, Program Planning Division Chief, Planning and Budgets Division Chief, and Assistant Chief of the Planning and Control Division. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman appointed him as Assistant Commandant of the Coast Guard with rank of Rear Admiral. The following year, he was given addition duties as Coast Guard Chief of Staff. He was appointed as Commandant in 1954, succeeding Vice Admiral Merlin O'Neill. In 1958, he was appointed to a second four-year term as Commandant. Two years later, in 1960, he was promoted to Admiral under a reorganization law, which required that the Commandant hold the rank of Admiral. In 1961, he became the first recipient of the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal.

Retirement

Admiral Richmond retired from the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 1962 and moved to Claremont, California, where he served as a civil defense official for a time. His first wife, Gretchen Campbell, with whom he had two sons, Alfred Richmond, Jr. and John Richmond, died in 1974. He died of cancer at the age of 82 in Claremont and is buried alongside her at Arlington National Cemetery.

References

* [http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-cp/history/ACRichmondBio.html United States Coast Guard Biography]
* [http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/arichmon.htm Arlington Cemetery Biography]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Richmond House Cottages — (Port Alfred,Южно Африканская Республика) Категория отеля: 4 звездочный отель Адрес …   Каталог отелей

  • Alfred Francis Pribram — Alfred Francis Přibram (* 1. September 1859 in London; † 7. Mai 1942 in London Richmond) war ein österreichisch britischer Historiker und Universitätsprofessor. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werk (Auszug) 3 Literatur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alfred H. Grebe — (1895 October 24, 1935) was a pioneer in the radio broadcasting field.He was born in Richmond Hill in the borough of Queens, in New York City. At the age of 9 he was given a radio set by his father, and soon came to be such an expert that his… …   Wikipedia

  • RICHMOND — RICHMOND, state capital of Virginia, U.S, and commercial center on the James River; 2001 population of metropolitan region 1,138,000 and within the city itself 192,000; Jewish population, 12,500. There is evidence of Jews residing in Richmond as… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Alfred Atkinson — VC (6 February 1874 21 February 1900) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.He was 26 years old, and a… …   Wikipedia

  • Alfred Beamish — Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Alfred Gissing — Alfred Charles Gissing (born at Epsom, Surrey on 20 January 1896, died 27 November 1975, Valais, Switzerland), was an English writer and headmaster, the son of George Gissing. Childhood and educationAfter the early death of their father, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Alfred B. Greenwood — Alfred Burton Greenwood (* 11. Juli 1811 im Franklin County, Georgia; † 4. Oktober 1889 in Bentonville, Arkansas) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1853 und 1859 vertrat er den ersten Wahlbezirk des Bundesstaates Arkansas im US Rep …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alfred-Nationalpark — Alfred Nationalpark …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alfred Briggs Irion — (* 18. Februar 1833 bei Evergreen, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana; † 21. Mai 1903 in New Orleans, Louisiana) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1885 und 1887 vertrat er den Bundesstaat Louisiana im US Repräsentantenhaus. Werdegang… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.