Retired Navy warrant officer honored at ceremony

November 04, 2012
  • Richard F. Jordan
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A retirement celebration for retired Chief Warrant Officer Richard F. Jordan of Hagerstown was held Aug. 26 at American Legion Post 183 on Putty Hill Road in Parkville, Md.

Jordan was recognized for more than 70 years of service to the state and nation.

His military career began when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April 1942. He served on cruisers, destroyers and at various Naval bases in Navy communications during World War II and the Korean War.

In March 1951, he entered the Maryland Army National Guard, serving in many leadership positions.

He has been recognized with multiple medals and commendations.

He served as chairman of the Warrant Officers Association’s 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Community, organizing public displays and celebrations during the years of 1991 to 1995, representing the Department of Defense.

He served as chairman of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemorative Community. He also was a member of the Maryland World War II Memorial Commission and Department of Maryland Commander 29th Division Association.

At 87, Jordan is retiring as a full-time employee with the Maryland Military Department as reservation manager of an Army National Guard facility (Gunpowder Military Reservation).

As of Sept. 1, his overall years of service with the military is 70 years, four months and 12 days.

He lives in Hagerstown. With his wife, Hazel, now deceased, they raised two daughters and one son, and he has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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