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Richard S. Edwards

Richard S. Edwards
Born (1885-02-18)February 18, 1885
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died June 2, 1956(1956-06-02) (aged 71)
Oakland, California
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1908-1947
Rank Admiral
Commands held USS Wood (DD-317)
Submarine Squadron 6
Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut
USS Colorado (BB-45)
Submarines, Patrol Force
Submarines, Atlantic Fleet
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Navy Cross

Admiral Richard Stanislaus Edwards (18 February 1885 – 2 June 1956) served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II.

Biography

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Edwards was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1903. He was commissioned ensign on 13 September 1908 and through subsequent advancement attained the rank of admiral, to date from 13 April 1945, and was transferred to the retired list of the U.S. Navy in that rank on 1 July 1947.

During World War I, he served as engineer officer on board USS Kentucky (BB-6), then as gunnery officer on board USS Kansas (BB-21) and USS Arkansas (BB-33). His commands included USS Wood (DD-317); Submarine Squadron 6; Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut; USS Colorado (BB-45); Submarines, Patrol Force; and Submarines, Atlantic Fleet.

During World War II he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Aide to the Commander in Chief, United States Fleet and then Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. For his World War II service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He subsequently served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Commander, Western Sea Frontier, and Commander, Pacific Reserve Fleet.

He died at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, 2 June 1956.

Decorations

Here is the ribbon bar of Admiral Richard S. Edwards:

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Submarine Warfare insignia
1st Row Navy Cross Navy Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row World War I Victory Medal with Grand Fleet clasp American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp American Campaign Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Service stars
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one service star World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
4th Row Commandeur of the Legion of Honour French Croix de guerre 1939–1945 with Palm Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Polonia Restituta Grand Cordon of the Order of Yun Hui

Namesake

The Forrest Sherman-class destroyer USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) was named for him.

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