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|38k||Richard Salisbury Bull, Jr., was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., on 06 January 1913. Graduating from the Naval Academy, he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy on
04 June 1936. Trained as a naval aviator in 1938-39 at 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 USS 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 07 to 08 May, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, before failing to return from his last mission. Also awarded posthumously was the
Purple Heart in 1943.
USS Richard S. Bull (DE 402) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1936.)
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|212k||26 October 1944: Starboard bow view of USS Richard S. Bull (DE 402) as seen from USS Suwannee (CVE 27). Both ships are involved in the
Battle of Leyte Gulf starting the previous day, as a part of “Taffy One”. Suwannee was hit by Japanese kamikazes on both the 25th and 26th and was severely damaged
losing sailors overboard in the action. Richard S. Bull rescued 24 survivors and in this photo is approaching Suwannee to transfer them back. Notice
the railings on Bull which once held life-rafts.
(U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-295037 from the United States National Archives)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|92k||30 May 1945: off Okinawa - Lt. McNinch of VC-83 is returned to USS Sargent Bay (CVE 83) after being rescued from the sea.||Jerry Wintermute|
|Richard S. Bull History|
|View the USS Richard S. Bull (DE 402) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Richard S. Bull as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Richard S. Bull's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 26 Feb. 1944 - 20 Nov. 1944||Lcdr. Alfred Wiltz Gardes, USN (Comm. CO) (Dayton, Oh.)|
|2.) 20 Nov. 1944 - 07 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Frederick S. Mosoley, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 07 Nov. 1945 - .. Apr. 1946||Lcdr. James Reed Gattmann, USNR|
|4.) .. Apr. 1946 - 01 Jul. 1946||Lt.(jg) D. A. Forsyth, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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