Eastmond, Richard Taylor, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 000X, VF-41 Black Aces
Service Years
1941 - 1966
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Utah
Utah
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
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Last Address
Provo

Date of Passing
Nov 01, 1981
 
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
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A highly decorated Navy "ace," Captain Richard Eastmond was born in Provo, Utah, in 1920. He received his "Wings of Gold" and was commissioned an Ensign in 1942. He flew an F6F Hellcat from the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown from December 1943 through August 1944, participating in air battles around Tarawa, The Marianas, Ronin, and the Carolina Islands.

Captain Eastmond led his division to intercept superior numbers of enemy aircraft attempting to strike the Yorktown Task Force. In a matter of minutes he had shot down four enemy aircraft on that single sortie. That mission earned him the Navy Cross. Captain Eastmond was credited with a total of thirteen aerial victories.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and numerous other service medals. He died in November 1981 at the age of 61 and was buried at sea with full military honors.
   
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 Duty Stations
NAS PensacolaVF-1 High HattersNAS Seattle/SandpointVF-41 Black Aces
  1942-1943, 000X, NAS Pensacola
  1943-1944, 000X, VF-1 High Hatters
  1944-1945, 000X, NAS Seattle/Sandpoint
  1945-1945, 000X, VF-41 Black Aces
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Utah
  1938-1941, University of Utah
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