Lieutenant Richard F. Andersen, Jr. was one of five killed on May 7, 2007 when their SH-60F helicopter crashed in the Nevada desert during a training exercise. LT Andersen was a member of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 7, the ‘Dusty Dogs,’ based in Jacksonville, FL. The other four killed were CDR Michael D. Sheahan, SO1 William Weatherford, SO2 Jared Rosetto, and SO2 Andrew Bibbo.

LT Andersen, a 2002 Naval Academy graduate, was training in preparation to deploy to the Persian Gulf aboard the USS Harry S. Truman at the time of his death.

Lieutenant Richard F. Andersen, Jr. was honored by the Travis Manion Foundation through the Character Does Matter program presented during the USNA’s Summer Seminar and the USNA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp for rising 11th graders.


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