Ret. Capt. Richard P. Jeffrey, SC, USN

99, passed away on May 7, 2016. Capt. Jeffrey retired after 27 years of active service while serving at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree from Hofstra University. Duty assignments included: USS Maryland (BB46); Staff, Navy Supply Corps School; Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, Massachusetts.; Naval Advanced Base, Le Havre, France; Staff, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Germany, Frankfurt, Germany; Staff, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; Staff, Commander Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Virginia; student and staff, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island; Office of the Chief of Naval Material, Washington, District of Columbia; USS Antietam (CV 36); Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Massachusetts; Staff, Commander Military Sea Transportation Service, Atlantic Area, Brooklyn, New York; and commanding officer, Naval Supply Depot, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1946, he returned to the United States as a member of the US Navy prize crew of the ex-German cruiser Prinz Eugen. From 1961 – 1962 he was one of the commanding officers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and many other military decorations. Jeffrey was a survivor of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, having been aboard the battleship Maryland in “battleship row” in the harbor that day. His historical recollections have been recorded by the United States Department of the Interior and are part of the permanent record in the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii.

March/April 2017