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Frank Richards


Richards, Frank

Richards, Frank. (Frank Ricci), b. June 20, 1916, NYC, Primary school education, US Army, Signal Corps, Radio telegraph operator, 1934-37, Served in both the US and Panama, Radio Telegraph Operator, CP August 1937, received passport# 526102 on May 6, 1938 which listed his address as 202 48 Street, Union City, New Jersey, Arrived in Spain on May 25, 1937, Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia, WWII US Army Air Corps, PTO, participated in the landings on Bake Island, d. May 4, 2004, North Carolina.

Sources: SACB, RA, (obituary) Jon Richards, “Frank Richards, 1916-2004,” The Volunteer, Volume 26, No. 2, June 2004, p. 18, (obituary) The Carthage Press, online.

Photograph: Frank Richards in Spain, RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo ?



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Additional Notes Post WWII he worked in communications around the world. Retired in 1976. During first Persian Gulf War he volunteered to serve as a radio officer aboard military sealift ships carrying heavy equipment to the Gulf.; FRANK RICHARDS 20 Jun 1916 04 May 2004 (V) 27302 (Mebane, Alamance, NC) (none specified) 117-07-9323 New York --- Frank Richards, a front-line communications specialist with the Lincoln brigade, died May 4, 2004, at the age of 87. He was born in New York City in 1916. His mother was from Romania, his father from Italy. Around 1933-34 Richards joined the U.S. Army to help with the family finances. On a whim he ended up being trained for communications; the lark became his lifelong profession. In those days communications meant the Morse code, but during his life it went on to encompass a much wider field including voice, telex, etc. Following training, he was posted to the U.S. Army intercept station in Panama. After his tour in the army, Richards returned to N.Y., where his social interests caused him to gravitate toward progressive circles. At one point during this period he was employed on a commercial high speed Morse circuit to Austria. When his partner on the other end of the circuit was replaced by the Nazis, Richards sent unprintable text regarding der Fuhrer and was immediately relieved by the company. Soon afterward, he went to Spain, where he worked with front-line communications and served with the Mac-Paps. After Pearl Harbor, Richards joined the Army Air Corps and was in on the landing at Baker Island in the Pacific. After the war, he used his experience in communications to work around the world—first in Hawaii salvaging surplus military aircraft, later in London, Beirut, and Damascus, in Venezuela for U.S. Steel, and finally in Saudi Arabia. He retired in 1976 but kept his hand in the field. As late as the first Gulf War of 1991 (at the age of 75) he volunteered and served as radio officer aboard military sea lift ships carrying heavy equipment from Germany to the Persian Gulf. - Jon Richards