RAIDERS Sullivan, Richard Edward

John Robertson

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Staff member
  • SURNAME
Sullivan
  • FORENAME
Richard Edward
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (Company C)
  • RANK
Second Lieutenant
  • NUMBER
0-12717
  • AWARD
Navy Cross
  • PLACE
Guadalcanal 1942
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 05.11.1916, Rock Hill, South Carolina
resided Charlotte, North Carolina
wife Dorothy (married 63 years)
graduated Sharon High School, Charlotte
enlisted 02.1937
awarded 2 x bronze stars (Korean War)
awarded Air Medal (Chosin Reservoir, Korea)
1963 retired as Lieutenant Colonel
died 16.06.2002 (Aged 85)
 

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Second Lieutenant Richard E. Sullivan (MCSN: 0-12717), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service while serving with Company A, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces near the Matanikau River on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 8 October 8 - 9, 1942. When the positions of the Marines along the Matanikau River were threatened by a heavy enemy assault, Second Lieutenant Sullivan's platoon was fiercely engaged by the spearhead of the attack. Continuously subjected to hostile fire while fighting off troops in desperate hand-to-hand combat, Second Lieutenant Sullivan, although wounded three times during the action, courageously maintained his position throughout the night, thereby exacting a tremendous toll of enemy dead. His gallant leadership and inspiring devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/8265
https://marineraiderassociation.org/sullivan-richard-e/
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