Richard Craig Wannamaker



Palmetto Literary Society; Tri-County Club; Kappa Alpha Sigma Vice President; Junior Staff and Managing Editor of the “Agrarian” Agricultural Journal; Rifle Team

St. Matthews, South Carolina

Father - Duncan; Mother - Lucille; Siblings - Two Older Brothers.

Navy, Ensign


Sep 9, 1917

Nov 6, 1944

Non Battle Death - Drowned during night amphibous training in Fort Pierce Florida

He was buried in Saint Pauls Cemetery Matthews


Additional Information

Richard Wannamaker may have been a member of the Navy Scouts.  Before there were Navy SEALs or Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT) or Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU), there were Scouts and Raiders.  Formed as a joint Army-Navy beach recon unit eight months after Pearl Harbor, the first S & R boat crews underwent intense training at Amphibious Training Base (ATB) Little Creek in Virginia before deploying to North Africa where they earned eight Navy Crosses.  This was just the first of many wartime missions for the versatile Scouts and Raiders.

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Clemson TAPS 1940

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – Atypical Path to Service