Watson, Richard G., Jr., LTJG

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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Current/Last Primary NEC
135X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Aviation Support
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1960-1968, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Previously Held NEC
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
AD-8243-A-3 Plane Captain (Flight Crew)
AWF-0000-Naval Aircrewman Mechanical
Service Years
1939 - 1968
Voice Edition
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)VP-44  Golden Pelicans AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA)
WW II Memorial National RegistryNaval Aviation Museum FoundationNavy League of the United StatesUnited States Navy Memorial
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)United States Naval InstituteAssociation of Aviation OrdnancemenLas Vegas Wings Chapter
American LegionMaritime Patrol Association
  1958, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1979, VP-44 Golden Pelicans Association - Assoc. Page
  1993, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) [Verified]
  1995, Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1995, WW II Memorial National Registry [Verified]
  1995, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation [Verified]
  1996, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1996, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2007, Association of Aviation Ordnancemen [Verified]
  2009, Distinguished Flying Cross Society(DFCS), Las Vegas Wings Chapter (Finance Officer) (Las Vegas, NV , Nevada) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2011, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Maritime Patrol Association1

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am enjolying retirement with family and friends.
Other Comments:
My Naval Assignments have included many reserve squadrons that are not listed in the matrix. They are as follows:

VP-907, Plankowner, commissioned July 4, 1946 and redesignated VP-ML-57 on November 15, 1946. In February 1950, the unit was redesignated to VP-871 at which time I transferred back to active duty in February 1951. The unit was redesignated VP-19 in February 1953.

I was subsequently transferred from VP-871 to VR-5, Moffet Field, CA in September 1952 and remained there until December 1954, upon going to the active reserve with VP-871 until 1957. I was then transferred to ZP-871 (Blimp Squadron) as A/C Maintenence Officer from 1958-1960 and went inactive in 1960.
I am a qualified Flight Engineer in the following aircraft:PBY-5& 5A,PB2Y-3,PB4Y-2,R6D-1,PV-2,and the R6V.While in VR-5 I recieved a FAA Flight Engineers License and a FAA A&E license.I had already gotten my pilots license in 1949.

On November 7 2007 I was honored to be inducted into the Combat Aircrew Roll of honor on the USS Yorktown
CV 10.

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  1942-1942, AD-0000, Aviation Free Gunnery School

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Petty Officer Third Class

AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate

NAS Kaneohe Bay,HI

United States
 Aviation Free Gunnery School Details

Aviation Free Gunnery School

Garrison - Training Command


Parent Unit
Naval Aviation Schools

Formal School

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2008
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Bob Severtson

Best Moment
Firing at a towed target from
a J2F.


Chain of Command
John Finn AOC. John Finn was awarded the MOH for his actions at Kaneohe Bay during the Japanese attack on 7 Dec 1941.He shot down a Japanese plane and was wounded several times without leaving field.He is still with us and I believe is 91 years old.A mighty fine man!

My Photos For This Duty Station
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10 Members Also There at Same Time
Aviation Free Gunnery School

Cuddy, Susan, LT, (1942-1946) OFF 135X Ensign
Brooks, Walter J., PO1, (1938-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Ploger, Francis James, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Sisk, Albert, PO1, (1940-1962) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Loenthal, Albert David, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Airman
Pickens, Leonard, PO3 ARM ARM-0000 Airman
Steele, Harry Joseph, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Airman
Wilkinson, Richard, PO1, (1942-1945) ARM ARM-0000 Airman
Nelson, Melvin, SCPO, (1942-1972) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Tant, Robert, MCPO, (1942-1971) Seaman Recruit

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