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|91k||Richard Redner Rall was born in Battle Creek Mich. on 12 May 1909, He was appointed Assistant Surgeon with the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade), MC, USNR, 29 March 1935.
He received a regular Navy commission on 10 March 1937; and attended postgraduate courses at Navy Medical School, Washington, D.C. Lieutenant (junior grade) Rall was assigned to the U.S.
Navy Hospitals at Guam and Mare Island before reporting to USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) in May 1941. He was killed in action during the attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941.
Lt. (j.g.) Richard R. Rall was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.
USS Rall (DE 304) (1944-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the USS Rall Web Site)
|208k||02 July 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Bow view of Rall (DE304) on the building ways at Mare Island NSY. Crowley (DE 303) is to the right.
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-4807-43)
PNCM, USNR (ret.)
Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
|209k||02 July 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Rall on the building ways at Mare Island. Crowley is to the left.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-4806-43)
|103k||23 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - The matron of honor and ship's sponsor Mrs. Richard R. Rall, widow of Lt.(jg) Rall, pose at the ship's bow before the christening.
Her son Byron holds the ceremonial champagne bottle.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-6672-43)
|102k||23 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Lt.(jg) Rall's son Byron looks on as his mother, Mrs. Richard R. Rall, christens the USS Rall. The Yard Commandant, Radm. W. L. Friedell is on the right.|
|75k||23 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Rall slides down the way at Mare Island Navy Yard.|
|76k||23 September 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Rall immediately after her launching at Mare Island.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-6669-43)
|87k||23 April 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Bow on view of Rall off Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-2485-44)
|110k||23 April 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Broadside view of Rall off San Francisco. Treasure Island is in the background.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-2487-44)
|129k||23 April 1944: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Rall off San Francisco on 23 April 1944. Angel Island is in the background.|
(U.S. Navy photo #DE-304-2489-44)
|275k||23 April 1944: San Francisco Bay - Starboard beam broadside view of Rall off Mare Island.
(U.S. Navy photo #CP-DE-304 19-LCM-89973 from the National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy of Chris Wright)
|149k||23 April 1944: San Francisco Bay - USS Rall (DE 304) off San Francisco, California.
(U.S. Navy Photo #19-N-89973 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|60k||12 April 1945: USS Rall is seen from the starboard bow, off Kerama Retto, Okinawa after being damaged by a Kamikaze attack. Note that Rall is
in the process of repainting to a new camouflage and the old ocean gray has been repainted to haze gray, but the black lines between the colors remain.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-330116 from the United States National Archives, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
|View the USS Rall (DE 304) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.|
|View the official War History of USS Rall as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Rall's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 08 Apr. 1944 - 25 Jun. 1945||Lcdr. Crittenden Battelle Taylor, USNR (Lima, Oh.)|
|2.) 25 Jun. 1945 - 11 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. James B. O'Donnell, USNR|
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