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James O. Richardson

James O. RichardsonAKA James Otto Richardson

Born: 18-Sep-1878
Birthplace: Paris, TX
Died: 2-May-1974
Location of death: Bethesda, MD [1]
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Admiral

Military service: US Navy (1902-47)

Admiral James O. Richardson was placed in charge of Pearl Harbor in January 1940, during which time he made trouble for himself by complaining to President Franklin D. Roosevelt -- twice in person -- that the defenses there were insufficient to dissuade a Japanese attack. Rather than accede to the admiral's requests, FDR transferred Richardson stateside in January 1941.

[1] Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD.

Father: Oliver Perry Richardson
Father: J.J. Richardson (stepfather)
Mother: Hester Foster Wingo
Mother: Susan Neilson (stepmother)
Wilds Preston Richardson
Wife: May Fenet Richardson (b. 1886, dec. 1977)

    University: US Naval Academy (1902)

    Alfalfa Club 1927
    Relieved of Command

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