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Home Town Princeton
Last Address Not Specified
Date of Passing Jun 07, 1945
Location of Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery - Brentwood, Maryland
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LT. Walter Leroy Richardson USNRF
Ship's Cook turned Photographer
Navy Visual Information Training
The Navy recognized that with the advent of flight came the need for aerial photographers. In 1918, ship's cook Walter L. Richardson, a photography enthusiast, often captured aviation activities on film at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla. The Navy decided its photographers were a valuable tool for training and documenting aircraft testing, accidents and other aviation-related activities. Before long, the Navy made Richardson its first designated photographer. The Navy began to use photography in aerial reconnaissance during World War I, and Richardson was soon commissioned and charged with organizing the first Naval School of Photography at the Naval air station in Miami. As the war came to an end, so did the school.
USS Shenandoah airship crashed in Ohio on September 3, 1925 – Officers and Crew
Walter Richardson (Lt. USNR, Civilian Photographer)