Richard Higgins, ATC, USN, (Ret), WWII, Pacific, 2 Air Medals, *PHSA

Name: Richard C. Higgins

Rank Chief Aviation Electronics Technician

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy, Retired

Units: Prior to WW-II – VP-43

During WW-II – VP-22, VP-61& Training

Squadron VB-2,ATU-2

Post WW-II: VA4A aboard USS Kearsarge

and USS Randolph, VP-2, VF-13, Instructor

NATTC Airman School, USS Pine Island,

Fleet Airborne Electronic Training Unit,

VAAW-35 aboard USS Lexington

Specialty: Aviation Radioman, Aviation Electronics Technician

Active Duty Dates: December 1939-July 1959

Reserve Dates: July 1959-January 1970

Armed Conflicts WW-II – Pearl Harbor, Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia), Aleutian Islands

Theater of Operation: Asiatic-Pacific

Decorations & Awards: Air Medal w/gold star, Presidential Unit Citation with bronze star, Good Conduct Medal w/5 stars, American Defense Medal w/star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal w/3 stars, WW-II Victory Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Philippine Defense Ribbon, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Remember Pearl Harbor Medal

Speaking Subjects: Prelude to WW II, Attack at Pearl Harbor, Action in the Netherlands East Indies and Southern Philippine Waters and Aleutian Islands Campaign(The Thousand Mile War}