I DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL TO
Colonel William R. (Rich) Higgins, USMC
I created this Memorial for Robin L. Higgins Lt. Col. USMC, Retired
She is a very wonderful and loving person and created a website for her late husband. I visited her website and was very much moved by her fine and
dedicated work.. We became friends by e-mail and she invited me to the launching of the USS HIGGINS. All I can say Robin, my lovely red headed daughter of the Oakland ~SEMPER FI.~
USMC, disappeared on February 17, 1988, while
serving as the Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military
Kentucky on January
15, 1945, Rich Higgins graduated from Southern
High School in Louisville and earned his bachelor's degree from Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio. A scholarship student in the Navy ROTC, he received
being held captive
terrorists in Lebanon, Col. Higgins was murdered.
The exact date of death is uncertain; however, he was declared dead
Col. Higgins' military decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service
Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (posthumous), Bronze Star with combat "V", Purple Heart (posthumous), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with bronze star and combat "V", Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with silver star, Staff Service Honor
Medal, United Nations Medal, and numerous unit commendations and campaign ribbons. On March 18, 1992, President George Bush awarded Col. Higgins the Presidential Citizens Medal (posthumous).
His Lovely Widow
What a wonderful young lady.
is difficult enough
to be a wife
to an active duty serviceman. Being an active
I was very happy to have met you in Bath, Maine for the launching of the USS Higgins. I thank you for inviting me.
On Feburay 17, 1994, the Secretary of the Navy announced a new Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer would be named for Col. Higgins. This being the highest honor that is awarded by the United States Navy to Medal Of Honor Recipients, heros, and/or very important people.
On October 4, 1997, Robin Higgins broke the ceremonial champagne bottle over the bow of the new Navy destroyer -- the HIGGINS -- named for her late
husband. The USS HIGGINS (DDG76) is being completed at Bath Iron Works
and will be commissioned in April 1999.
FROM THE OFFICERS AND
SO PROUDLY WE SERVED
Requiescat in pace! --------- May he rest in peace!
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