Congressman Keith Self’s NDAA Amendment to Rename Spearhead-class Vessel After American Hero Passes the House

Congressman Keith Self’s amendment to name a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel after Lieutenant General Richard E. Carey passed by voice in the House of Representatives today.

General Carey provided 38 years of distinguished military service to his country. Before the age of 20, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and rose to the rank of second lieutenant. Throughout his career, Carey earned 41 medals, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (twice awarded), Korean Service Medal (adorned with 4 Battle Stars), Vietnam Service Medal (adorned with 3 Battle Stars), World War II Victory Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (honored four times), and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Carey participated in the Inchon Landing, the Second Battle of Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. During his 189 days in Korea, Carey had seven near-death experiences. In recognition of his valor, Carey was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

After returning to the United States, Carey earned a flight training slot and became a fighter pilot. In the early 1960s, he served in Vietnam and flew during the Tet Offensive. Carey flew 204 combat sorties, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Air Medals.

In 1978, Carey moved to the Atlantic Command, working with NATO member military members. His Atlantic Command role earned Carey the Defense Superior Service Medal and promotion to lieutenant general in 1981. Later, Carey became the commanding general of Marine Corps Development & Education Command at Marine Base Quantico, VA.

Following his military career, Carey added to his legacy of servant leadership as the Dallas County district courts administrator. His efforts helped establish the veteran’s cemetery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Seeking to honor those who served at the Chosin Reservoir, Carey initiated nationwide campaigns to erect monuments in Quantico, Virginia and in North Texas.

“During his storied career, Lieutenant General Richard E. Carey served in World War II, fought in iconic battles including the Inchon Landing and Chosin Reservoir in Korea, then later flew the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam combat operations and directed the evacuation of Saigon,” said Congressman Keith Self. “From the time he enlisted in the Navy, up until his retirement as Lieutenant General in the Marine Corps, Carey has proven to be relentless in battle. It is with the highest honor that we name this vessel to commemorate his legacy.”


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