Beaver, Richard, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1953-1958, 131X, NAVSTA Guam/Naval Ship Repair Facility (NSRF Guam)
Service Years
1938 - 1958

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Contact Info
Home Town
Fancy Creek Township, IL
Last Address
Armed Forces Retirement Home (formerly the Naval Home) Gulfport MS. Died at Union County Hospital, Anna, IL.

Date of Passing
Mar 01, 2006
Location of Interment
Camp Butler National Cemetery - Springfield, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section X, Site 266

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Post 4526, Arthur Mc Master Memorial PostPost 119Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
  1958, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4526, Arthur Mc Master Memorial Post (Member) (Gulfport, Mississippi) - Chap. Page
  1958, American Legion, Post 119 (Recorder) (Gulfport, Mississippi) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1958, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity

NAP/LT Richard David "Dick" Beaver, USN (Ret.)

Chief NAP / Navy Aviation Pilot
Former World War II Enlisted Pilot, Last of a Few

Saturday, March 4, 2006

ANNA, IL -- Richard D. Beaver, 86, of Anna died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Union County Hospital.

He was born May 24, 1919, in Fancy Creek Township, IL, son of Otto and Louise Ritterbush Beaver.

Beaver served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He then worked as an air traffic controller 10 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Retired Officers Association, Loyal Order of the Moose, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Silver Eagles Association, American Legion, life member of VFW, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Illinois, 32nd Degree member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Ansar Temple of the Shrine, Capital City Shrine Club, Legion of Honor Unit and Hillbilly Unit.

Beaver was formerly of Gulfport, MS., and Springfield, IL.


Other Comments:
The Navy beckoned, and Dick Beaver took the oath of enlistment Sept. 11, 1938. He became a Machinist's Mate, but he really wanted to fly combat aircraft as a Navy pilot. Graduating from boot camp in San Diego in December 1938, Beaver went aboard the destroyer USS Perkins (DD-377) and worked his way from the deck force to the engine room and made Fireman First Class in three years - before World War II. By August 1942 he'd made Machinist's Mate First Class and was selected for the Enlisted Pilot's Program. By November 1943 he was flying combat patrols in the Pacific. 

His first assignment was with the PT (Patrol Torpedo Boat) 72 patrol squadron "the Knights of the Sea" operating out of Funafuti in the Ellice Islands, he flew the "Black Cat" PBY Catalinas, a squadron of black-painted aircraft that operated mainly at night against enemy shipping. 

He participated in patrols prior to the invasion of the Central Pacific, the Gilberts, Marshalls and Enewetak islands, then he went through Tarawa, Kwajalein and the Marianas during the Marianas campaign. 

At the end of WWII he was a Chief Petty Officer Aviation Pilot. In 1946 he was commissioned an Ensign and saw additional service during the Korean War. Beaver retired from the Navy in 1958 with the rank of Lieutenant (LT/ACC).
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 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CAUS NavySurface Vessels USS No NameVP-12 Black Cats
NAVBASE GuamNAVSTA Guam/Naval Ship Repair Facility (NSRF Guam)
  1938-1938, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1938-1942, MM-0000, USS Perkins (DD-377)
  1943-1944, AP-0000, USS No Name (PT-72)
  1943-1945, AP-0000, Commander Patrol Plane Squadrons US Fleet (COMPATRONUSFLT)
  1944-1945, AP-0000, VP-12 Black Cats
  1945-1946, AP-0000, NAS Samar, PI
  1946-1946, AP-0000, NAVBASE Guam
  1950-1950, 131X, NAS Kwajalein, Kwajalein Atoll
  1953-1958, 131X, NAVSTA Guam/Naval Ship Repair Facility (NSRF Guam)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Marshall Islands Operation
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
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