Captain RICHARD ANDREWS “Dick” CURRIER, USN, Retired, 83, of Saint Marys, Georgia died Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at Southeast Georgia Health System / Camden Campus of Congestive Heart Failure complicated by Pulmonary Edema and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
He was preceded in death by his parents Reginald Harris Currier and the former Frances Alburn Andrews, a brother Norman Harris Currier and his Navy Wife the former Betty Arlen McIntyre. He is survived by a brother Robert Sherman Currier and his children Christopher Andrews Currier and Catherine Leigh Currier.
Captain Currier was born March 19th, 1932 in Beverly, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Navy! He was active in scouting as a young boy. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1950 and then the United States Naval Academy in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree!
Upon his commissioning he served aboard the Destroyer USS Brown ( DD 546 ) home ported in San Diego, CA before graduating from Submarine School in New London, CT in 1956. His first submarine duty was aboard the USS Grampus ( SS 523 ) in Norfolk, VA where he met Betty and married her in 1958. After graduating from the Navy’s Nuclear Power Propulsion School in 1959, Currier was then assigned to the USS Scorpion ( SSN 589 ) also in New London. Later he served aboard the USS Tinosa ( SSN 606 ) again in Norfolk, the USS John Adams ( SSBN 620 ) in Portsmouth, NH and the USS Andrew Jackson ( SSBN 624 ) in Rota, Spain.
His first submarine command was aboard the USS Sea Devil ( SSN 664 ) home ported in Norfolk, VA during which he earned the Navy Commendation Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation. His next command was aboard the USS Daniel Webster ( SSBN 626 ) home ported in Guam during which he earned the Meritorious Service Medal and a second Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Altogether, Captain Currier served aboard one surface ship and seven submarines while completing seventeen successful deterrent patrols and / or deployments at sea.
From 1973 till 1977 Captain Currier served as Deputy Commander for Readiness of Submarine Squadron Ten in New London, CT where he earned a second Meritorious Service Medal.
From 1977 till 1979 Currier served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Material for Acquisition Logistics in Washington D. C. where he earned a third Meritorious Service Medal.
In 1979 Captain Currier received orders to command the Submarine Support Base, Kings Bay. During his tour of command Kings Bay became a fully operational Naval Submarine Base and home port to Submarine Squadron Sixteen.
His final tour of duty at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard took him close to home where family and friends could join the Captain and his Navy Wife at a surprise 25th Wedding Anniversary Party hosted by their children in 1983.
After retirement in 1984 Dick and Betty returned to Southeast Georgia where they enjoyed a Real Estate career together with Century 21, Tri-City Realty.
Throughout his life, Captain Currier was proud to serve our Nation and the Civic Organizations in the communities he called home. He loved his Family and Friends. He enjoyed traveling, attending sporting events, gardening and caring for the numerous stray cats that he took in. He truly left a Legacy of a Life Well Lived!
To learn more about this Cold War Warrior who was proud to be able to say “I never fired an angry shot!” please join his Family and Friends at A Celebration of Life / Memorial Service with Full Military Honors, 11:30 am, Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at Allison Memorial Chapel, 10141 Colerain Road, Saint Marys, Georgia 31558 / 912-729-5000. At a later date, the ashes of both Captain Currier and his Navy Wife will be placed at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Donations in his name can be donated to the Saint Marys Submarine Museum, 102 Saint Marys Street West, Saint Marys, Georgia 31558 / 912-882-2782.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.