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Altman, Richard Gustaf

Date of birth:
August 28th, 1923 (Brooklyn/New York, United States)
Date of death:
January 4th, 2009
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: 60. Grave: 8911.
Service number:
NSN: 0-299545
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant (junior grade)
Unit:
Composite Squadron ONE (VC-1), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
September 1944
"For heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a Torpedo Bomber Plane in Composite Squadron ONE (VC-1), during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Palau Islands from 16 to 20 September 1944. Completing his twentieth mission during this period, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Altmann carried out observation flights with a Marine Observer over Peleliu and pressed home effective strafing, rocket and bombing attacks against hostile artillery and mortar emplacements, thereby contributing materially to the success of his plane in the infliction of damage on the enemy. His skilled airmanship and courageous devotion to duty in the face of anti-aircraft fire which damaged his plane on one observation flight, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1944
For completing thirty missions against the enemy in the Marianas Islands, Palau Islands and Philippine Islands during the period 16 June to 24 October 1944.
Air Medal (AM)
"For extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane in Composite Squadron THREE (VC-3), attached to the U.S.S. KALININ BAY (CVE-68), in aerial flight against major Japanese Fleet Units in the Battle of Samar Island on 25 October 1944. Ensign Altmann made a bombing attack on a Japanese battleship obtaining one hit and a near miss. Upon firing his rockets at the same ship he obtained four hits amidships causing an explosion. Continuing his attack he strafed and fired his remaining rockets at an enemy cruiser scoring two hits. Realizing the urgency for inflicting further damage to the enemy he landed at Tacloban airfield on Leyte Island, re-armed and returned to the battle obtaining two direct bomb hits on a Japanese heavy cruiser. He made these repeated attacks in the face of devastating anti-aircraft fire inflicting damage on the enemy and at the same time diverted anti-aircraft fire from other planes that were attacking, thus materially assisting in saving our own forces from destruction. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 343 (October 1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Deputy Commander Naval Air Reserve and Deputy Commander Naval Air Reserve Force
Awarded on:
1973
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Commander Naval Air Reserve and Deputy Commander Naval Air Reserve Force from January 1971 to February 1973. Throughout this period, Captain Altmann contributed significantly to the increased readiness, efficiency and mobilization potential of the Naval Air Reserve Force. Largely as a result of his untiring effort, perseverance and exceptional knowledge of financial management, the Naval Air Reserve was upgraded to major claimancy status. Captain Altmann provided the overall guidance and direction for development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for upgrading the Fleet support program. Further, he has provided continuous and enthusiastic support of the Navy's public affairs program by representing the Navy at national, regional and local conferences of military-oriented, civic, and fraternal organizations, thereby contributing significantly to the emergence of a fuller understanding of the importance of Seapower. Captain Altman was directly responsible for the smooth and expeditious implementation of the consolidation of the Naval Air Reserve and Naval Surface Reserve. By his consistently sound judgment and inspiring devotion to duty throughout, he upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Legion of Merit - US Military
Rank:
Rear Admiral
Unit:
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Deputy Director of Naval Reserve
Awarded on:
1975
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and Deputy Director of Naval Reserve from March 1973 through August 1975. During his tenure, Rear Admiral Altmann made direct and significant contributions to the Naval Reserve and the U.S. Navy. Utilizing a superb understanding of the organization, functions, and capabilities of the navy Department, he applied flawless judgment in planning, coordinating, and directing the consolidation of the two major field organizations of the Naval Reserve, and concurrently established the office of the Director of Naval Reserve as a major staff office under the Chief of Naval Operations. An extremely competent, dynamic, and resourceful leader, Rear Admiral Altmann demonstrated exceptional knowledge of all facets of planning, programming, and budgeting functions supporting the Naval Reserve. Responsible for a wide variety of programs vital to the Naval Reserve, he relentlessly kept abreast of all significant details in order to render forthright, convincing advice to the Secretary of Defense and Congress. By his peerless performance, brilliant leadership, and steadfast devotion to duty, Rear Admiral Altmann reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service"
Legion of Merit - US Military
Awarded on:
1976
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with clasp 'Europe'
Navy Occupation Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (NDSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
with Hour Glass Device
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

1st Gold Star
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

2nd Gold Star
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

3rd Gold Star
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

4th Gold Star
Air Medal (AM)

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