Denning, Richard, Y1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1943, YN-0000, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Poughkeepsie, NY
Last Address
Escondido, CA
Buried, Maui Veterans Cemetery, Makawao, HI

Date of Passing
Oct 11, 1998
Location of Interment
Maui Veterans Cemetery - Makawao, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

YN/1 Richard Denning

Actor. Born Louis Albert Heindrich Denninger, Jr, he originally studied business management in Los Angeles. He graduated with an MBA from Woodbury Business College, but decided to break into acting instead. He won a radio contest called "Do You Want to Be an Actor", and was awarded a Warner Bros. screen test. Warner rejected him, but Paramount took him on the condition that he change his name to Denning. (Studio execs worried that "Denninger" sounded too much like gangster John Dillinger). 

1942: During World War II he enlisted in the submarine service, and served as a Navy Yeoman 1st Class in the South Pacific. He served out the war there, receiving an honorable discharge in October, 1945.   

He played the recurring role of the Hawaiian Governor in the popular television series "Hawaii five-0". Richard died of a heart attack in Escondido, California, and was interred beside his first wife in Maui Veterans cemetery.

Other Comments:

Denning also worked in radio, most notably alongside Lucille Ball in "My Favorite Husband", becoming one of the most popular male leads in radio. He hoped continue this role in television, but Ball wanted to work with her then husband Desi Arnaz in the TV show "I Love Lucy".

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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Submarine School Enlisted Basic
  1943-1943, YN-0000, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
  1932-1936, Woodbury University1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 11, 1998, Richard Denning, born: Louis Denninger, Jr. 2
  Mar 17, 2013, General Photos1
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