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Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Rating/NEC Group Unknown
Primary Unit
1914-1916, PH-0000, Pensacola Navy Yard, FL
Service Years
1911 - 1926

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Home Town
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Jun 07, 1945
Location of Interment
Fort Lincoln Cemetery - Brentwood, Maryland
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Last Known Activity

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
Listed as:
Walter Richardson (Lt. USNR, Civilian Photographer)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1913-1914, CS-0000, USS Mississippi (BB-23)
  1914-1916, PH-0000, Pensacola Navy Yard, FL
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  U. S. Navy Photography2
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