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Richard Dennis Herr (born November 2, 1941) is a retired vice admiral in the United States Coast Guard who served as the 20th Vice Commandant from 1996 to 1998. He was previously Commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone Pacific, Resource Director, Comptroller, Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer, Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District, Commander of Joint Task Force Five, Commander of Coast Guard Air Station and Commander of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center. He is an alumnus of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and National War College.[1]

Richard D. Herr
Born (1941-11-02) November 2, 1941 (age 77)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service1960–1998
RankVice admiral
Commands heldVice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.[1] He is married to Susan Andrews and has two children.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Biographical Sketch – Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
  2. ^ United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (1992). Nomination of Rear Admiral Robert T. Nelson to be Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard: hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, second session, April 8, 1992. 4. U.S. G.P.O. ISBN 9780160391163. Retrieved 2015-09-11.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
Arthur E. Henn
Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
Succeeded by
James C. Card