Richard Mulberry, Jr.

Richard Mulberry Jr. grew up on a Kentucky tobacco farm, where he learned about hard work - a trait that served him throughout his life.

 

He was decorated for his service as a Marine pilot during World War II and the Korean War. He later was a certified public accountant in Dallas but always maintained his military ties, becoming a general in the Marine Reserve.

 

Gen. Mulberry, 90, died Sunday of prostate cancer at his Dallas home.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, where        

he was an active member. Private graveside services will be at Hillcrest

Memorial Park.

 

"It was kind of a pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps story," said his daughter Lynn Stroud of Dallas. "He learned to work hard and had incredible self-discipline as a boy growing up in Kentucky. He worked his way through school and really wanted to serve his country."

 

Gen. Mulberry was born in Scott County, Ky., and was a University of Kentucky student when he joined the Navy in 1941.

 

He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with one Silver Star- signifying he had earned six of that award -for his combat service as a Marine dive bomber pilot in the South Pacific during World War II.

Late in the war, he was assigned to air groups in California and served aboard two aircraft carriers.

After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from George Washington University, graduating in 1948. He then received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1949.

 

Gen. Mulberry was a Dallas CPA for more than 50 years. He was with Elmer Fox, Westheimer & Co. when he retired in 1980.  In 1951, Gen. Mulberry was recalled to active duty to serve as a pilot and aviation operations officer during the Korean War. He received his seventh Air Medal while assigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Korea.

After he was released from active duty in 1953, Gen. Mulberry served in several posts, including executive officer and commanding officer for detachments at Naval Air Station Dallas.

In 1969, he was promoted to brigadier general and was named assistant commander of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. He was the first officer assigned to the No. 2 slot in the Marine Air Reserve's nationwide command of 28 subordinate units.

 

In 1970, he was named to the Reserve Forces Policy Board at the Pentagon, where he served three years.

He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1980 after President Ronald Reagan appointed him to be inspector general for the Interior Department.

 

In 1984, he returned to Dallas, where his civic activities included being a docent at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.

 

"He had had an incredibly active life since then," his daughter said. "He had been a tireless worker with lots of civic organizations."

 

In addition to his daughter, Gen. Mulberry is survived by his wife, Jane Mulberry of Dallas; another daughter, Gayle Abernethy of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

 

Taken from the Dallas Morning News, June 9, 2010

 

 

This is a recent picture taken when Dick was the honor guest in a Dallas Memorial Day parade.  With him is my wife Jane and our grandson Rhys.  Rhys was very impressed, as he thinks he wants to be in the military some day.  Dick's daughter Lynn baby sat with Rhys' father when Mark was a small child.  She went with us to help manage the kids on a vacation to New Braunfels to float down the Comal River.

Dick and I have been neighbors off and on for nearly 50 years.  We have spent quite a bit of time together over the years.  He reminded me that I scolded him severely for picking his rotary lawn mower up while it was running with his hands under the cowling!  We spent time patrolling our neighborhood as part of the neighborhood crime watch.  We went to some neighborhood meetings togather.  He would on occasion appear at my front door for a visit. 

He was a great guy and I will miss him terribly. 

 

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