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Turner, Richmond K. 1885-1961

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Feb. 12, 1961 p1,6
World War II Navy Leader in Pacific Dies On Peninsula
Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner (USN ret), distinguished commander of all U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific during crucial World War II years, succumbed to an apparent heart attack yesterday. His wife died a scant six weeks ago. Adm. Turner was stricken just as he sat down to luncheon at the Rancho Aquajito home of his friends, Col. Warren J. Clear (USA ret) and Mrs. Clear. A physician summoned to the home pronounced him dead. The exact cause will be determined by autopsy. Adm. Turner was born May 27, 1885, in Portland, Ore., the son of Enoch and Laura Kelly Turner, and moved with his family to Stockton in his youth, attending school there. He was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1908, advancing to admiral in May, 1945. After attending Naval Aviation School in 1927, he served as commander of the naval Aircraft Squadron of the Asiatic Fleet for two years, then was named chief of the planning division, Bureau of Aeronautics, U.S. Navy, a post he held until December 1931. Adm. Turner served as naval aviation advisor for the American delegation to the general disarmament conference at Geneva, Switzerland, during the following year. He was made chief of staff in the Aircraft Battle Force during 1934-35, after serving for two years as executive officers of the USS Saratoga. From 1935 to 1938 he attended naval War College and from Oct. 1940, to June 1942, he was director of the War Plans Division of the navy Department. Adm. Turner’s long friendship with Adm. Raymond A. Spruance had begun in 1916 when the two put the USS Pennsylvania in commission and the latter had been on the staff of the Naval War College during Turner’s attendance there. Spruance had found him “a first class fighting man,” having the rare combination of “one of the most brilliant brains in the Navy, along with remarkable abilities as a planner and fighter executive.” It was Adm. Turner, therefore, whom Spruance requested to command all the amphibious forces in the Pacific, placing him in charge of about 2,000 ships, Turner had already commanded the Third Amphibious Force in the Solomons and the Fifth Amphibious Force in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands during 1942 and ’43. In 1954, when the USS Eldorado, his former flagship during the bloody invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, visited Monterey, Adm. Turner was “piped aboard” with traditional admiral’s honors. From the war’s close until his retirement in April, 1947, Adm. Turner served as the U.S. Naval representative in the Military Staff Command. He and his wife, the late Mrs. Harriet sterling Turner, whom he married as an ensign on Aug. 3, 1910, established a home in Carmel in 1923. Following his retirement they made their home in Monterey at 124 Soledad Dr. Mrs. Turner died Jan. 3 of this year. Surviving are a sister, Miss L. Lucile Turner of Carmel, a brother, R. Izer Turner of Phoenix, Ariz., and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are pending at the Paul Mortuary and will be announced later.
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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Feb. 14, 1961 p6
Adm. Turner Rites Thursday
Funeral services for Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner (USN ret) will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Naval Postgraduate School Chapel, in the main building on the post. Chaplain (Cmdr.) Hedges Capers (USN) will officiate at the rites. Graveside services, at which Chaplain Capers also will officiate, are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Golden Gate national Cemetery, San Bruno. Adm. Turner will be placed beside his wife, the late Harriet Sterling Turner. In special instructions left by Adm. Turner, the following were designated as honorary pall-bearers: Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz (USN ret) of Berkeley; Adm. Raymond A. Spruance (USN ret) of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club; Capt. Archer M.R. Allen (USN ret) of Carmel; Capt. L.W. Williams, superintendent of the naval Postgraduate School; Haller Belt of San Francisco, a classmate of Adm. Turner at the U.S. Naval Academy; Howard Judy, of San Francisco, a cousin of the admiral; Capt. R.A. White (USN ret) of Los Altos; Rear Adm. C. Julian Wheeler (USN ret) of Menlo Park; Municipal Judge Gordon Campbell of Carmel; and Monterey attorney Carmel Martin. Adm. Turner, distinguished World War II Navy leader in the Pacific, died Sunday while having luncheon with friends in Rancho Aguajito. An autopsy disclosed that he had choked to death on a piece of chicken. The commander of all U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific, Adm. Turner was decorated with the Navy Cross for bravery and three times with the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership, President Harry S. Truman in 1945 promoted him to full admiral.
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