“Before many people knew about radar, Walter Richards was manning the radar station aboard the USS Alshain during World War II.
Ultimately, Richards, who will turn 100 on Jan. 14, spent 22 months and 15 days in the U.S. Navy, completing five invasions in the Pacific aboard the amphibious cargo ship.
“I have four great loves in my life,” he said. “First is my Lord, Jesus Christ, and second, my family — my wife mainly, we were married 73 years — and my country. If I had it to do over, I would. … And the other one is my friends. I’ve got friends all over the world, and they pray for me, they support me, and I’ve got them here, too.””
By CHELSEA KATZ firstname.lastname@example.org