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  Amanda Vandervoort, RN  

Richard Scott Receives
Quilt of Valor

PRMC Volunteer Richard Scott was pleasantly surprised today, Pear Harbor Day, with a Quilt of Valor. Nancy Bailey nominated Richard to receive the quilt. “He is just such a nice person,” Nancy explained. “I know he served our country during WWII and I thought this was a nice way to recognize him for his service.”

Quilts of Valor are handmade by volunteers from all over the state of Kansas. Their mission is “to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”

Richard Scott is a retired Navy Captain. His 33 year long Navy career included WWII, Vietnam and the Korean War. Richard graduated from Pratt High School in 1941, and attended PCC for one year before going to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland for three years. He recalls his junior officer duties taught him to respect the personnel on board the ship who took care of the machinery and gunnery. “That equipment is very important, and they did a great job.” He spent time on naval destroyers and cruisers. “I learned that if you make a mistake, you are responsible for that mistake...there was no dodging it.”

Richard and two of his Naval Academy classmates were sent to Okinawa, Japan during the end of WWII. He remembers they arrived in Japan just before one of the worst typhoons in history hit the area. He spent one year on a destroyer on occupation duty at the end of the war.

As a captain, he commanded numerous ships. Two of them were mine sweepers. Richard explained the mines in the ocean are anchored just enough under water that they were difficult to detect until a ship was on top of them.

The most fun stent he recalls was on the Cruiser Bremerton in 1956. “We were sent to Melbourne, Australia where the XVIth Olympics were happening. We got to watch some of the Olympic events that year.”

During the Vietnam War, Richard was a cargo ship commander, participating in several landings. He also commanded a destroyer squadron that conducted search and rescue mission for fallen aircraft.

He later spent six years at the Pentagon before retiring in 1975. Congratulations to Richard. We thank you for your service to our country.

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