Samuel Richards, Jr.

Captain (Pilot)

Born: 20 December 1920; Bates, Arkansas
Education: Waldron High School/Arkansas Tech/University of Maryland
(BS)/George Washington University (MBA)
Entered Marine Corps: Pensacola, FL via Navy V-12 Program

Summary: Designated Naval Aviator at Pensacola, Florida and commissioned Second Lieutenant, USMCR. Credited with two aerial victories with the Wolf Pack, follow-on assignments saw action at Pelilieu and Okinawa. Flew Corsairs and F9F Panthers in Korea (K-3) with VMF-311. Flew air cover in support of Chosin Reservoir breakout. Other military assignments included CO, VMA-224 and CO, MARTD Olathe, Kansas. Personal military decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirteen Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.

Following retirement in June of 1968, pursued career as life insurance underwriter. Hobbies included a passion for fox hunting and the breeding of thoroughbred horses. Died of cancer 19 February 2001. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Survived by:

Martha Richards
241 North View Circle
Warrenton,VA 20186

Steven Richards
Costa Mesa, California

John Claybrook Richards (died 1986)

Pamela Richards Fauveau
St. Remy, France