Capt Richard Webster “Dick” Hyde

Capt Richard Webster “Dick” Hyde

Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Death 21 Jul 2010 (aged 92)
Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Burial Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 143530246 · View Source
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Captain Hyde passed away with grace and dignity on July 21st in Daytona Beach, FL. As might be expected, he commanded attention of those around him right up to life's end.

Captain Hyde was born on December 7, 1917, to Burdon P. Hyde and Lois Allerton Hyde of Waterbury, CT. He graduated from Philips Exeter Academy and then graduated from Yale University with the Class of 1940. He started Naval Officer training in June, 1941 and was commissioned in September of that year. Following Pearl Harbor, he participated in convoy operations and vital resupply efforts to Iceland, Greenland, the Middle East, and the British Isles. Later he was part of the amphibious campaigns in North Africa and Italy that helped alter the course of the Atlantic war. After his transfer to the West Coast, he took part in the greatest series of amphibious assaults in history to include Kwajalein, Leyte and Okinawa. When the war ended he was underway and training for the final assault on Japan.

Post World War II, he entered the Regular Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and served on staff with Carrier Task Forces in the Mediterranean. He subsequently commanded the USS Beatty (destroyer), USS Nitro (ammunition ship) and Destroyer Squadron Ten (USS Forrest Sherman, flagship). He also commanded a communications station in London and later oversaw communications for the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam War. His final assignments were as the Commanding Officer of the Boston Naval Station and the Naval Station, Newport, RI. Captain Hyde retired from the Navy in 1972 after 31 years having been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation medals.

In "retirement," Captain Hyde continued to serve, helping to found the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic in Londonderry, VT and as an active volunteer at Ormond Memorial Hospital. Captain Hyde was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite (Peggy) Budd Hyde of Newtown, CT.

He is survived by his five children; Cdr. Richard (Laurie) W. Hyde Jr. USN ret. of Chula Vista, CA, Gregory (Mary) W. Hyde, of Stowe, VT, Susan (Doug) H. Peacock, of Ormond Beach, FL, Matthew G. Hyde of Midland, TX and Mark (Ellen) E. Hyde, of Hollis, NH. There are nineteen grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Kate Budd, MN and Ade Hyde, ME.

A Memorial Service will be held for "the Captain and Peggy" at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, CT, their place of marriage, on September 10, 2010. Captain Hyde will finally rest in peace alongside his beloved Peggy at the Newtown Village Cemetery.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Aug. 8, 2010

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 143530246
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Richard Webster “Dick” Hyde (7 Dec 1917–21 Jul 2010), Find a Grave Memorial no. 143530246, citing Newtown Village Cemetery, Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Lynda S. Wise (contributor 46481022) .