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Richard Rash was a Marine Corps aviator who flew in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. During World War II, Rash flew Grumman F4F Wildcats and Corsairs, as he accompanied dive bombers and torpedo bombers on their missions. After World War II, Rash opted for duty in China, and reported to VMF-211. His tour of China ended with the Communist takeover in 1949. He then went on several tours of duty in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, including service in Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Italy. Subsequently, Rash was called to duty in the Korean war, and later the Vietnam war, before retiring in 1973. During the Korean and Vietnam eras, he flew the following aircraft: North American Sabre F-86, Grumman F9F-5, McDonnell F2H-2, North American FJ-2; Grumman F8F-8, Douglas AD, and Beechcraft SNB.




Rash, Richard


[ca. 1949-1960s]


John Fry, gift, 1989, 1989-0131, NASM


0.1 Cubic feet ((10 slide boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Color slides


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 187 color slides documenting Rash's military career and his tours in China, Korea, and Viet Nam. The collection is divided into the following series: China, 1947-1948; USA 1948-1949; Korea, 1952-1954; Vietnam, 1966; and Vietnam 1968-69. Marine Corps aircraft are represented.


Color slides



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Rash, Richard

Topics Grumman F4F Wildcat Family
Vought F4U Corsair Family
Grumman F9F-5 Panther
North American FJ-2 Fury (NA-181)
Douglas AD (A-1, BT2D) Skyraider Family
Beech SNB Family
Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
Aeronautics, Military
Air pilots
Fighter pilots
McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee
North American F-86 Sabre Family

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