Family, friends gather in Savannah to honor local war hero, David F. Richards, Jr.

Family, friends gather in Savannah to honor local war hero, David F. Richards, Jr.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Family and friends gathered Friday night to honor and remember David F. Richards, Jr. in Savannah. The World War II and Vietnam War retired Army veteran passed away last week.

Hundreds filled St. Philip A.M.E. Church to pay their respects to the 30-year veteran who received several distinguished awards, including Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart medals for heroic valor.

Perhaps one of Richards’ proudest moments was being inducted as the first African American in the Parachute Rigger Warrant Officer’s Hall of Fame in Fort Lee, Virginia.

His family will never forget the lessons he taught them.

“To be prepared; to be bold; be confident and always do your best; exceed for excellence, and that’s what he taught us," said Richards’ daughter, Yvette Richards. “That’s what he instilled in us until the very end, and to be strong and to lean on the Lord, and that’s what we have done.”

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Philip A.M.E. Church on MLK Jr. Boulevard.

Richards is survived by three children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife of nearly 60 years preceded him in death less than three months ago.

Mr. Richards was 89-years-old.

Copyright 2019 WTOC. All rights reserved.