Gaines, Richard K.
Richard K. Gaines had a long and successful career in the U.S. Navy, ultimately attaining the rank of captain. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1921 and retired in 1955. In August 1943, Gaines became Intrepid’s first executive officer. Due to various changes in command, Gaines had temporary command of Intrepid from March 28 to April 19, 1944 and from May 19 to 30, 1944. Gaines served as the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid’s (CV-11) executive officer for approximately one year.
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Identifier: OHP 001
Scope and Contents Joseph D. Murphy served aboard Intrepid as a gunnery officer and deck officer during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. Murphy began his interview by discussing his family and the community where he was raised. He then described hearing the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor, joining the Navy Reserve, and receiving his commission as an ensign from Columbia midshipmen school. Murphy then continued, describing the first time he saw Intrepid and Intrepid’s commissioning ceremony. At this time, and...
Identifier: OHP 007
Scope and Contents Raymond T. Stone served aboard Intrepid as a radarman second class during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Stone began his interview by recalling the moment he heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He then discussed his decision to join the Navy, basic training, how he became a radarman, and his first time seeing Intrepid. Stone continued by describing his work in Intrepid’s combat information center (CIC). He covered topics such as the layout of CIC, the communication of information, the daily...
Scope and Contents The Richard K. Gaines Papers contains two items from his service aboard Intrepid, where he served as Intrepid's first executive officer. There is a postcard mailed to Thomas L. Sprague from the Chez Paree with inscribed names, including Gaines and Sprague. The other item in this collection is a photograph with cartoons of Gaines and Sprague.
Overview Richard K. Gaines was the first Executive Officer of Intrepid. His papers include the program from Intrepid's Commissioning ceremony, Intrepid printed newspapers, Plans of the Day, documents a report about the first Shakedown Cruise from September 14 to November 1, 1943, personnel records and reports, Naval dispatches, Naval song sheets, and other records pertaining to Intrepid's operations and the Pacific Fleet during Gaines' time as Commanding Officer.