ALTMANN, Richard, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1973-1974, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Service Years
1943 - 1976
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Birth: Brooklyn, NY, Home of record: Long Island
Last Address
Flat Rock, Hendersonville
Henderson County, North Carolina

Date of Passing
Jan 04, 2008
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30 Recruiting Command of Excellence


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook AssociationAssociation of Naval AviationNaval Aviation Museum Foundation
  1950, Tailhook Association
  1950, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page
  1975, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Richard Gustaf Altmann
RADM - US NAVY AND NAVAL RESERVE
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/28/1923
DATE OF DEATH: 01/04/2009
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 8911
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Richard G. Altmann, 85, of Flat Rock, North Carolina, died January 4, 2009, at the Elizabeth House. 

Admiral Altmann was born in Brooklyn, New York, but was a native of Long Island, New York. In June 1943, at the age of 19, he was commissioned an Ensign Naval Aviator. In 1944, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Navy?s highest combat award, as a torpedo bomber pilot, for gallantry in action against the Japanese fleet at the battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands. 

Admiral Altmann attended the Naval War College and held a master of science degree in international relations from George Washington University, and a bachelor?s degree in business administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. 

Admiral Altmann retired after 33 years on active duty. He was also awarded the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four gold stars and the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Award in 1976. 

Aircraft: TBM, F2H, FJ-4, A4D, F4U.
Ships/Units/Deployments include: USS Kalinn Bay, USS Albany, USS Bennington.
Associations/Service Organizations: Assn Of Naval Aviation, Tailhook Association, Community Foundation, Navy Relief Assn., Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and United Way.

RAdm. Richard G. Altmann was Deputy Director of the Naval Reserve at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C. (1973/74)

After retiring from the Navy, the Admiral had three other major careers. He directed a presidential study on compensation for President Ford and President Carter for two years. He then became President of the American Institute of Steel Construction for five years. This institute served the steel fabricators of the United States. Lastly, he became CEO of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board in Chicago for four years. 

In 1988, he retired to Flat Rock, where he organized and became the first president of the Kenmure Homeowners Association, was a board member for United Way; chairman of 1994 United Way Campaign; chaired the United Way Ocklawaha Society Campaign; chairman of the Community Foundation Community Relations Committee; he was a board member for Crime Stoppers; president of the Henderson County Blue Ridge Humane Society for three years; board member and past president of the Hendersonville Country Club for three years; a member of the Kedron Lodge No. 387 AF & AM, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; and the Oasis Shrine Temple.

Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.
   
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Awards and Citations

  1. Navy Cross

    Awarded for actions during World War II


    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Ensign Richard Gustaf Altmann, United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron THREE (VC-3), attached to the U.S.S. KALININ BAY (CVE-68), and deployed over Samar in action against enemy Japanese forces during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands on 25 October 1944. When his task force was in imminent danger of being destroyed by heavy gunfire from an overwhelming force of hostile warships, Ensign Altmann piloted one of the first planes launched, immediately maneuvering to attack the leading heavy cruiser. In bold defiance of the enemy's devastating anti-aircraft fire, he obtained a direct hit amidships causing an explosion. After firing he remaining ammunition, inflicting further damage to the enemy, he landed at an airfield, rearmed and returned to the battle, obtaining direct hits on a ship. He then continued to make repeated attacks, inflicting further damage and diverting anti-aircraft fire from other planes that were attacking. Ensign Altmann's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 343 (October 1945)
    Action Date: 25-Oct-44
    Service: Naval Reserve
    Rank: Ensign
    Company: Composite Squadron 3 (VC-3)
    Division: U.S.S. Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)

  2. Legion of Merit

    (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Richard Gustaf Altmann, United States Naval Reserve, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

    Service: Naval Reserve
    Rank: Rear Admiral

  3. Legion of Merit

    (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Rear Admiral Richard Gustaf Altmann, United States Naval Reserve, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

    Service: Naval Reserve
    Rank: Rear Admiral

  4. Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded for actions during World War II

    (Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Ensign Richard Gustaf Altmann, United States Naval Reserve, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

    Action Date: World War II
    Service: Naval Reserve 
    Rank: Ensign
    Company: Composite Squadron 3 (VC-3)
    Division: U.S.S. Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)


    USS Kalinn Bay Awards 
    In addition to the Presidential Unit Citation, Kalinin Bay received five battle stars for World War II service.

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffUSS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)VC-3 Iron ManUS Navy
USS Bennington (CVA-20)USS Albany (CA-123)Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1943-1943, Naval Flight Training
  1943-1943, Naval Flight Training
  1944-1944, USS Kalinin Bay (CVE-68)
  1944-1945, VC-3 Iron Man
  1945-1945, USS Kalinin Bay (ACV-68)
  1945-1945, VC-3 Iron Man
  1953-1955, USS Bennington (CVA-20)
  1960-1962, USS Albany (CA-123)
  1973-1974, Naval Reserve Forces Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
 Colleges Attended 
George Washington UniversityNaval War College
  1946-1950, Roosevelt University
  1956-1958, George Washington University
  1959-1960, Naval War College
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
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