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|9k||Richard Lucian Page was born in Clarke County, Va. on 20 December 1807 and entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1824. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1834;
and to commander in 1855. Sea duty, included assignments as executive officer and commanding officer of Independence during the Mexican War, commanding officer of the brig
Perry on the African Station 1852-54, and commanding officer of the sloop-of-war Germantown on the East Indies Station 1857-60. He also served three tours of duty
ashore as an ordnance officer and one tour as executive officer at the Norfolk Navy Yard. With the secession of Virginia, Page, then assigned to the Norfolk Navy Yard, resigned from the U.S.
Navy and, after joining the staff of Governor Letcher of Virginia, began organizing a State navy and constructing fortifications along rivers of the Tidewater area. Commissioned Commander in
the Confederate Navy in 1861, he served as ordnance officer at the Norfolk Navy Yard and at Charlotte, N.C. In 1864 he was commissioned Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army and placed in
charge of the outer defenses of Mobile Bay. There, he defended Fort Morgan until that fort fell to Union forces under Farragut and Granger on 23 August 1864. Page, a prisoner for the remainder
of the Civil War, returned to Norfolk after his release and, from 1875 to 1883, served as superintendent of public schools. Brigadier General Page died at Blueridge Summit, Pa., on 09 August 1901.
USS Richard L. Page (DEG 5) was the first ship named in his honor.
|326k||11 October 1968: Rapallo, Italy - USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5), in company with USS Gainard (DD 706), anchored offshore at Rapallo, just south of Genoa, Italy.||Carlo Martinelli
|43k||August 1970||Bob Hurst
England, United Kingdom
|108k||An undated postcard view of Richard L. Page as DEG 5. (Postcard #43368-C © Arnold Art Store, Newport,
R.I.; shown at 150% of original size)
Caption reads: U.S.S. Richard L. Page Named after Brigadier General Richard L. Page, CSA, who served in the United States, Confederate States, and Virginia States Navy, finally attaining his highest rank in the Confederate States Army. U.S.S. Richard L. Page commissioned at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Mass. on 5 August 1967, is the fourth Guided Missile Destroyer Escort. She is armed with some of the most sophisticated weapons systems in the world.
|85k||An undated postcard view of Richard L. Page as FFG 5. (Postcard #P3018 ©
Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, Va.; shown at 150% of original size)
Caption reads: U.S.S. Richard L. Page (FFG-5) "Guided Missile Frigate" Built by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine, and commissioned 5 August 1967.
|95k||06 October 1974: The Eastern Mediterranean, Kithira Strait - USS Richard L. Page, photographed by Eugene, as she passes the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim.||Eugene Ivkin|
|839k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard bow view of the Brooke class guided missile frigate USS Richard L. Page (FFG 5) underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04113 by PH3 Barber from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|189k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port quarter view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04114 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|234k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard quarter view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04115 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|226k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port beam view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04116 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|151k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard beam view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04117 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|167k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial starboard quarter view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04118 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|245k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port quarter view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04119 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|224k||06 July 1976: At sea, off Hampton Roads, Va. - Aerial port bow view of Richard L. Page underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-04120 by PH3 Barber from the DVIC)
|233k||21 August 1968: Virginia Capes Oparea - Photo taken during sea trials with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).||Robert A. Adams
STG1, USNR (ret.)
|76k||July 1974: in the harbor at Athens, Greece - USS Barry (DD 933), USS
Sampson (DDG 10) and Richard L. Page.
(U.S. Navy Photograph #NH98053 from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|153k||07 March 1979: Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti - Richard L. Page tied up alongside USS Davis (DD 937).
(Photo © Karsten Peterson, Karsten is a retired merchant seaman with an excellent website called Sailor, On the Blue Path of the World)
England, United Kingdom
|225k||date / location unknown, note Blue Nose and Gold Anchor||Ed Zajkowski
Robert M. Cieri
Robert M. Cieri
|Richard L. Page History|
|View the USS Richard L. Page (DEG 5) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Richard L. Page's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 05 Aug. 1967 - 21 Mar. 1969||Cmdr. Milton John Schultz, Jr. (Salina, Kan.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|2.) 21 Mar. 1969 - 21 Mar. 1970||Cmdr. George Wilmot Davis, Jr. (USNA '55) (Columbia, S.C.) (ret. as Vadm.)|
|3.) 21 Mar. 1970 - 01 Jul. 1971||Cmdr. Leo Anthony Hibson, Jr. (West Haven, Conn.)|
|4.) 01 Jul. 1971 - 12 Jan. 1973||Cmdr. John James Kingston|
|5.) 12 Jan. 1973 - 14 Mar. 1975||Cmdr. John Willoughby Stouffer II (NROTC '57) (Easton, Pa.)|
|6.) 14 Mar. 1975 - 15 Jul. 1977||Cmdr. Alvaro R. Gomez (ROTC '58) (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (ret. as Radm.)|
|7.) 15 Jul. 1977 - 01 Feb. 1980||Cmdr. Jerry Morgan Blesch (USNA '62) (Fort Thomas, Ky.)|
|8.) 01 Feb. 1980 - 29 Mar. 1982||Cmdr. Peter Leverich McCammon|
|9.) 29 Mar. 1982 - 23 Mar. 1984||Cmdr. John R. Rhode (St. Louis, Mo.)|
|10.) 23 Mar. 1984 - 24 May 1986||Cmdr. William Josiah Neville, Jr. (NROTC '66) (Bethlehem, Pa.)|
|11.) 24 May 1986 - 09 Jun. 1988||Cmdr. Terry Lee Glover (USNA '68) (Jacksonville, Tex.)|
|12.) 09 Jun. 1988 - 30 Sep. 1988||Cmdr. Keith Paul Curtis (NROTC '70) (Jacksonville, Ill.)|
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