Richard S. Bull
|Richard Salisbury Bull, Jr.|
|Born||6 January 1913
|Died||8 May 1942
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1936–42|
|Battles/wars||Battle of the Coral Sea|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross|
Richard Salisbury Bull, Jr. was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, on 6 January 1913. Graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he was commissioned ensign on 4 June 1936. Trained as a naval aviator in 1938–39 at NAS Pensacola, Fla., he served in the fleet in 1941. He became a naval observer assigned to the American Embassy in London, England.
Reporting for duty as a fighter pilot on board Lexington (CV-2) on 27 December 1941, he participated in aircraft carrier operations against the Japanese in February and March 1942. In the Battle of the Coral Sea 7 to 8 May, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, before failing to return from his last mission.
Richard S. Bull should not be confused with Richard Bull (1914–1942), also a naval aviator.