Richard D. Hearney

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Richard D. Hearney
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Born (1939-11-27) November 27, 1939 (age 77)
Petaluma, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1962-1996
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with "V"
Purple Heart

General Richard Davis Hearney (born November 27, 1939)[1] is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1994 to 1996.


Hearney is a native of Petaluma, California. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962 following completion of the Platoon Leaders Class program. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.S. degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Naval War College in June 1980.

Hearney commanded at the squadron, air group, and air wing level. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm he served as Deputy Commander, I MEF. His staff tours included Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command as well as Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Requirements and Programs, and Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. General Hearney was advanced to general and assumed the position of assistant commandant on July 15, 1994.

General Hearney currently sits on the Honorary Board for the 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Wine Country Marines [1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

His personal decorations and medals include:

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Gold star
"V" device, gold.svg
Award numeral 1 golden.png"V" device, gold.svgAward numeral 3.pngAward numeral 8.png "V" device, gold.svg
Bronze star
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Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
Naval Aviator Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star w/ valor device
Purple Heart Air Medal w/ valor device, gold award numeral "1" and bronze Strike/Flight numeral "38" Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ valor device Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 service stars
Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 4 service stars Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation
Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ California Birth Index 1905-1995

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.