Richard “Dick” Ramsey was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 31, 1923. He was motivated to quit school and join the war effort seeking employment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While there, he helped to build the USS Missouri and the USS Iowa.
In 1943, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Station for boot camp. He served as a Coxswain, in charge of driving small craft, and was sent to Normandy for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 aboard the USS Nevada. The invasion on the beaches of France was his first experience in combat. Dick also participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands all before the war’s end in 1945.
When the Japanese surrendered, Dick and his shipmates were in the Philippines. For his service, he received the French Legion of Honor. He was honorably discharged on January 25, 1946.