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WATSON, Richard, Jr., LTJG Officer
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
135X-Unrestricted Line Officer - support of Naval Aviation
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Current/Last Duty Station
1958-1960, 135X, US Navy
Previously Held Designator/NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
AD-8243-A-3 Plane Captain (Flight Crew)
Service Years
1939 - 1968
Voice Edition
Three Hash Marks
Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am enjolying retirement with family and friends.
Other Comments:
My Naval Assignments have included many reserve squadrons that are not listed in the matrix. They are as follows:

VP-907, Plankowner, commissioned July 4, 1946 and redesignated VP-ML-57 on November 15, 1946. In February 1950, the unit was redesignated to VP-871 at which time I transferred back to active duty in February 1951. The unit was redesignated VP-19 in February 1953.

I was subsequently transferred from VP-871 to VR-5, Moffet Field, CA in September 1952 and remained there until December 1954, upon going to the active reserve with VP-871 until 1957. I had then transferred to ZP-871 (Blimp Squadron) from 1958-1960 and went inactive.
I am a qualified Flight Engineer in the following aircraft:PBY-5& 5A,PB2Y-3,PB4Y-2,R6D-1,PV-2,and the R6V.While in VR-5 I recieved a FAA Flight Engineers License and a FAA A&E license.I had already gotten my pilots license in 1949.

On November 7 2007 I was honored to be inducted into the Combat Aircrew Roll of honor on the USS Yorktown
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Map Legend: 6%, 18 of 263 Territories

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 Duty Stations
US NavyFormal SchoolsNaval Aviation Schools/Aviation Free Gunnery SchoolVPB-44 Black Cats
VP-19 Big RedNAS Moffett Field
  1939-1939, USS Jarvis (DD-393)
  1941-1942, AD-0000, Naval Aviation Schools/(AD) Aviation Machinist Mate A School
  1942-1942, AD-0000, Naval Aviation Schools/Aviation Free Gunnery School
  1942-1943, AD-8243, VP-44
  1943-1944, AD-8243, VPB-44 Black Cats
  1946-1951, AD-0000, VP-19 Big Red
  1952-1954, AD-0000, NAS Moffett Field
  1954-1957, 135X, US Navy
  1958-1960, 135X, US Navy
 Reflections on Service
  Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
  Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
  If you participated in combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
  Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
  From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
  What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals for valor or other significant awards, please describe how these were earned.
  Of all the medals, awards, qualification badges or devices you received, please describe the one(s) most meaningful to you and why?
  Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
  Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
  What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
  What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
  In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career?
  Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
  In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoUniversity of IowaSan Jose State UniversityStanford University
  1940-1941, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  1945-1945, University of Iowa
  1954-1957, San Jose State University
  1957-1958, Stanford University
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1941, Recruit Training Command (NTC San Diego, CA), 41-822
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1942 Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Midway June 3-6, 1942 WWII Streamer14
  1942-1945 Wars and Conflicts/World War II23
  1942-1945 Wars and Conflicts/World War II3
  1951-1952 Korean War*/Patrol North Korean Coast6
 Military Association Memberships
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)VP-44  Golden Pelicans AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
WW II Memorial National RegistryNaval Aviation Museum FoundationNavy League of the United StatesUnited States Navy Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)United States Naval InstituteAssociation of Aviation OrdnancemenAmerican Legion
  1958, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1979, VP-44 Golden Pelicans Association - Assoc. Page
  1993, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) [Verified]
  1995, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1995, WW II Memorial National Registry [Verified]
  1995, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation [Verified]
  1996, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1996, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Association of Aviation Ordnancemen [Verified]
  2011, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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