Richard S. Edwards
|Richard S. Edwards|
February 18, 1885|
|Died||June 2, 1956
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1908-1947|
|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
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.
Here is the ribbon bar of Admiral Richard S. Edwards:
|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|
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.