Biography

RICHARD LEE JIMENEZ, born April 15, 1947 in Anthony, KS. He enlisted in the USN in May 1964. Attended basic training in San Diego where he volunteered for submarine duty. After Submarine School in New London, CT, he was stationed aboard the USS Remora SS-487 out of Pearl Harbor. In May 1968 he re-enlisted for six more years and volunteered for PBR duty in Vietnam.

Upon completion of training at Mare Island, Petty Officer Jimenez was sent to Vietnam and assigned to RIVSEC 544 which later became RIVDIV 593, Iron Butterfly. He served as an engineman aboard PBR 756 and made over 250 combat patrols, engaging the enemy of 12 separate occasions.

During his tour he was awarded two Bronze Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal all w/Combat V, Purple Heart, Navy Unit Citation and Presidential Unit Citation.

After leaving Vietnam, he served two years aboard tug boats in Sasebo, Japan. Later served aboard the USS Blackfir (SS-322) until she was discommissioned. He spent the last two years in the Navy aboard the USS Tang (SS-563).

Richard left the Navy in May 1974 and worked in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry for 25 years and now works for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad as a pipefitter.

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