|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1939|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 2006|
LTCMDR, US NAVY, VIETNAM VETERAN
Richard Corsette was born September 16, 1939, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Richard talked his way into the Texarkana National Guard at age 14 and joined the US Navy at age 16. Richard started his Navy career as an enlisted sonarman, serving aboard several destroyers before earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer while aboard the submarine USS Tang (SS-563). A few years after Richard became Chief Petty Officer, Richard's executive officer (XO) submitted paperwork for Richard to become a commissioned officer. Richard married Barbara Jean Wade and they had two sons. Richard attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in August 1963, reporting for duty aboard USS Maddox (DD-731) in October of that same year. That assignment included firing some of the first shots of the Vietnam War. In 1966, Richard volunteered for small boat duty and was assigned back to Vietnam as a patrol officer for River Section 521 on the Mekong Delta. After serving on the Mekong Delta, Richard returned to the waters of Vietnam for a third and final time in 1968 onboard USS Chevalier (DD-805), providing gun support from the coast for the troops fighting inland. Richard retired from the Navy in 1976 after 21 years of service. Richard's next move was to West Palm Beach, Florida and a job as project manager for the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center where U.S. and foreign navy ships and submarines tested their weapons and sensors. Richard retired again in the late 1990's and moved to Texarkana, Texas where he had family. In 2002, Richard moved to Arizona to be closer to his two sons. Richard enjoyed playing golf with his sons and retirement.
Barbara Jean Wade Corsette (1940 - 2007)
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Ashes scattered at sea by U. S. Navy
Created by: Suzanne S. and Fred S.
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75052960