238th Marine Corps Birthday

On Saturday, 2 November 2013 - General Richard D. Hearney retired from the Marine Corps on 1 November 1996 with 35 years of active military service as a Naval Aviator. His last active duty assignment was as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.


General Hearney is a native of Petaluma, California. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962 following completion of the Platoon Leaders Class Program. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.S. degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in June 1980.


General Hearney has commanded at the squadron, air group, and air wing level.He flew 680 combat missions during two tours in Vietnam and he was a member of the first Harrier attack jet squadron. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm he served as Deputy Commander, I MEF.


His staff tours included Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command as well as Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Requirements and Programs, and Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. General Hearney was advanced to general and assumed his last duties on 15 July 1994.


His personal decorations and medals include: the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with gold star, Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V", Purple Heart, Air Medal with Combat "V" and bronze numeral "39" , and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V".


He currently resides at Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, California with his wife Maggie.

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