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First Name: Richard

Last Name: Hearney

Birthplace: Petaluma, CA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Davis

Date of Birth: 27 November 1939

Rank: General

Years Served: 1962-1996
Richard David Hearney

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)
•  Gulf War (1990 - 1991)


Richard Davis Hearney
General, U.S. Marine Corps

Richard Davis Hearney was born on 27 November 1939 in Petaluma, CA. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1962 following completion of Officer Candidates School. 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 is a Naval Aviator and has 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, DC. Hearney was promoted to General and assumed the position of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps on 15 July 1994.

General Hearney retired from the Marine Corps in 1996.

Medals and Awards

Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit w/ 1 Award Star
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal w/ Valor Device
Purple Heart
Air Medal w/ Strike/Flight Numeral "39"
Navy & 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
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 2 Service Stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)


Naval Aviator Badge

Honoree ID: 394   Created by: MHOH




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