Richey, Joseph, ENS

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Last Rank
Ensign
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1941, 131X, USS California (BB-44)
Service Years
1940 - 1941
Ensign
Ensign

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Barnard, MO

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Hawaii
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVO-2US Navy
  1941-1941, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, 131X, VO-2
  1941-1941, 131X, USS California (BB-44)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Colleges Attended 
  1936-1940, Others/Not Listed
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ensign Joseph L. Richey was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed on board the USS California BB-44.
   
Comments/Citation
On 7 December 1941 USS CALIFORNIA was moored at the southernmost berth of "Battleship Row" and was with other dreadnoughts of the Battle Force when the Japanese launched their aerial attack. As she was about to undergo a material inspection, watertight integrity was not at its maximum; consequently the ship suffered great damage when hit. At 0805 a bomb exploded below decks, setting off an antiaircraft ammunition magazine and killing about 50 men. A second bomb ruptured her bow plates. Despite valiant efforts to keep her afloat the inrushing water could not be isolated and CALIFORNIA settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface. When the action ended, 98 of her crew were lost and 61 wounded. 

***The USS Richey DE-385, was named in his honor.  She was commissioned on October 30, 1943.***
   
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