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Richard Radecki (born 8 February 1944) was a Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy who was a qualified Master Diver. Radecki had a distinguished diving career of over thirty years and served as a consultant in the film Men of Honor and has a brief cameo towards the beginning of the film.
Early life and Army service
Following basic training, Radecki served in Company B, 2nd Armed Rifle Battalion, attached to the 52nd Infantry Division. In July 1962, he transferred to the 36th Infantry Division and served in this command until his release from active duty in February 1964. Radecki's highest rank was Private First Class and during his Army service he qualified for the National Defense Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge for qualification on the M-14.
Radecki was listed on the inactive rolls of the United States Army Reserve from February to October 1964. He received his final discharge from the Army on October 29, 1964 and the next day enlisted in the United States Navy.
Awards and decorations
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Navy Commendation Medal (w/4 gold award stars)
- Navy Achievement Medal (w/4 gold award stars)
- Navy Good Conduct Medal (w/4 bronze service stars)
- National Defense Service Medal
- Vietnam Service Medal (w/1 silver service star)
- Coast Guard Unit Commendation
- Meritorious Unit Commendation (w/2 bronze service stars)
- Battle "E" Ribbon
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/4 bronze service stars)
- Vietnam Campaign Medal (/w/1960 device)
- Navy Rifle Expert Marksmanship Medal
- Navy Pistol Expert Marksmanship Medal
- Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) Badge
- Navy Parachutist Badge
- Navy Master Diver Badge