George Richards (Marine Corps)

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George Richards
George Richards.jpg
Born (1872-02-06)February 6, 1872
Ironton, Ohio
Died January 9, 1948(1948-01-09) (aged 75)
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1891–1936
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Battles/wars Philippine–American War
Spanish–American War
Boxer Rebellion
World War I
Awards Marine Corps Brevet Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal

George Richards (February 6, 1872 – January 9, 1948) was an American officer born at Ironton, Ohio and serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Boxer Rebellion. He was one of 23 Marine Corps officers approved to receive the Marine Corps Brevet Medal for bravery.

Biography[edit]

He was born on February 6, 1872. In 1891 Richards graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He retired March 1, 1936 as a Major General after over 40 years of service and died January 9, 1948.

Awards[edit]

Presidential citation for the Brevet Medal[edit]

Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Marine Corps Brevet Medal to George Richards, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy at the battle of Tientsin, China, on the 13th day of July 1900. On 15 June 1901, appointed Lieutenant Colonel, by brevet.[1]

Secretary of the Navy citation for the Brevet Medal[edit]

Citation The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in transmitting to Major George Richards, United States Marine Corps, the Brevet Medal which is awarded in accordance with Marine Corps Order No. 26 (1921), for distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy while serving as Paymaster, Colonel Robert L. Meade's Marine Regiment, at the battle of Tientsin, China, on 13 July 1900. On 15 June 1901, Major Richards is appointed Lieutenant Colonel, by brevet, to take rank from 13 July 1900.[2]

Navy Distinguished Service Medal citation[edit]

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General George Richards, United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the organization and administration of the Paymaster's Department of the Marine Corps during World War I. Through his energy and efficient management this Department was able successfully to meet the greatly increased burdens and responsibility placed upon it.[2]

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References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
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  1. ^ Sterner, C. Douglas. "U.S. Marine Corps Recipients of the Brevet Medal" (MS Word). Home of Heroes. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Hall of Valor - George Richards". Military Times. Retrieved 2009-08-04.