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Lt. Gen. Richard Carey (Ret.) Ď45,
Distinguished military career
Following graduation, Richard Carey enlisted in the Navy V-5 (Navel Aviator) Program. With the war ending, the program closed and he opted for a discharge. However, in August 1946 he and six other classmates enlisted in the Marine Corps.
That began a long and very significant military career for Richard Carey. He received 28 personal decorations. His Commands included four as 2nd Lt, one as 1st Lt, two as Captain, one as Major, three as Lt. Colonel, one as Colonel, one as Major General, and one as Lt. General.
He is qualified to fly 37 different types of aircraft. Significant operations he was involved in: Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Lebanon Crisis, the Dominican Republic Crisis/Revolution, Viet Nam, the evacuation of Phon Penh and Saigon, and the recapture of the pirated ship Mayaguez.
Career highlights: In 1948 he was selected for the Meritorious NCO program for promotion to 2nd Lt. When the Korean War started he landed in the first wave of the Inchon Invasion and participated in the recapture of Seoul. In 1951 he attended Flight Training School. He went to Naval War College, after which he was assigned to the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Japan where he was the Assistant Wing Operations Officer.
Just prior to the TET offensive in 1968 he was assigned as the Wing Operations Officer where he planned, coordinated, and conducted all sorties in support of two Marine Divisions. He was transferred to Headquarters, Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. as the Aviation Logistics Officer. While there he decided to retire, but reconsidered after being assured he would be assigned to the Boot Strap program to complete his college degree.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University.
He was promoted to the rank of Colonel and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 at Kancohe, Hawaii. With closure of the US combat participation in Viet Nam, all remaining Helicopter Squadrons were transferred to his group. His record stands
as the only Helo pilot to
fly the CH53, CH46, UH1I, and Cobra helicopters in complete Day and
Night qualification aboard an aircraft carrier - in one day.