Captain Richard Galt Zimermann, USN, Ret. died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Va.
Born in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 1920; he was commissioned in 1942. On the USS Frankford, he participated in the Normandy Invasion, where he was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.
As gunnery officer of the USS Wadsworth, he received the Silver Star for conduct during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
His commands included the USS Carroll, the fleet minesweeper USS Towhee, the USS Hambleton, the USS Healy and the USS Corry. His unit commands were Commander Fleet Minesweeper Division 10, Commander Landing Ship Squadron 9, and Commander Destroyer Division 92.
While with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal for his contributions. As the director of Navy recruiting, he received the Meritorious Service Medal. Finally, as the commandant of the East Coast Defense Language Institute, he received the Legion of Merit. Captain Zimermann retired in June 1972.
Captain Zimermann was predeceased in death by his first wife, Dorothy Mae Dungan Zimermann, by his second wife, Virgie Key Zimermann, and by his grandson Andrew Elwood. He is survived by his sons, Richard Galt Zimermann (Elizabeth) of Chesapeake, Va., Alfred E. Zimermann (Adrienne Radulovic) of McLean, Va., and his stepson, Larry K Elwood (Tricia) of Wilmington, Del. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kathleen Dorothy Zimermann and Elizabeth Blair Zimermann of Chesapeake, Va., and Courtney Elwood of Baltimore, Md.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to one's favorite charity or Vinson Hall Memorial Fund, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101-4818.