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Richard D. Hearney
Born November 27, 1939(1939-11-27) (age 83)
Place of birth Petaluma, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1962-1996
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with "V"
Purple Heart
Air Medal with "V"

General Richard Davis Hearney (born November 27, 1939)[1] is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1994 to 1996.


Hearney is a native of Petaluma, California. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1962 following completion of the Platoon Leaders Class program. He holds a B.S. degree from Stanford University and an M.S. degree from Pepperdine University. He graduated from the Naval War College in June 1980.

Hearney commanded at the squadron, air group, and air wing level. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm he served as Deputy Commander, I MEF. His staff tours included Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command as well as Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Requirements and Programs, and Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. General Hearney was advanced to general and assumed the position of assistant commandant on July 15, 1994.

General Hearney endorsed Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election, 2008.[1]

General Hearney currently sits on the Honorary Board for the 501 (c) (3) Non Profit Wine Country Marines [2]

Awards and decorations

His personal decorations and medals include:

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Gold star
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Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Naval Aviator Badge
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit w/ 1 award star Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star w/ valor device Purple Heart Air Medal w/ valor device, gold award numeral "1" and bronze Strike/Flight numeral "39" Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ valor device
Navy Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award Navy Unit Commendation National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 service stars Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon w/ 4 service stars
Vietnam Gallantry Cross unit citation Vietnam Civil Actions unit citation Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)


  1. California Birth Index 1905-1995

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