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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 7 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||2 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)||Darryl Bake|
|209k||2 July 1943: San Francisco, Cal. - Stern view of Rall on the building ways at Mare Island. Crowley is to the right. (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)||Ed Zajkowski|
|19k||undated wartime image||Jerry Church|
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