Commander Richard E. Dellwo, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, entered the Navy in 1953. In 1956, he reported to NAS Pensacola and began flight training as a Naval Aviation Cadet. He has served in Attack Squadrons 93, 124, 127 and 196. Additionaly, CDR Dellwo has been assigned to NAS Twin Cities, MN. and NAS Whiting Field, FL. as a flight instructor.
In 1971 he received his BA degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Montery, CA. Prior to reporting to VC-7 in November 1974 as Operatons Officer, CDR Dellwo served in the USS Hancock as strike operations officer.
During his career, CDR Dellwo has accumulated over 5,400 flight hours, of which 3,600 were flown in the A-4 aircraft. He has to his credit over 250 combat missons over North Vietnam. For his accomplishments he has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, twenty-two Strike-Flight Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V", Navy Achievement Meda with Combat "V", three Navy Unit Commendations, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.
CDR Dellwo is married to the former Marjorie Benson of Dassel MN. The have two daughters, Tammy and Cindy.