1st Lt. Richard V. W. Negley, Jr.

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Richard Van Wyck Negley, Jr.

Birthdate: (26)
Birthplace: San Antonio, Bexar, TX, United States
Death: February 8, 1942 (26)
Java Sea, Indonesia (killed in World War II)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Van Wyck Negley, Sr. and Laura Schley Negley
Brother of 2nd Lt. Albert S. B. Negley and William Negley

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About 1st Lt. Richard V. W. Negley, Jr.


First Lieutenant, Army Air Corps, United States Army Air Forces

Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.

1939 Graduate of United States Military Academy, also known as West Point.

Liuetenant Negley was the brother of Second Lieutenant Albert S.B. Negley, who was taken prisoner at Battan and died on a Japanese transport which was sunk in Subic Bay by American air action in 1945. He was also the great-great-grandson of General Edward Burleson, Vice-President of the Republic of Texas.

For heroic action in the Battle of Java the late Lieutenant Richard V.W. Negley Jr. received posthumously the Distinguished Service Cross. He was copilot of a bombing crew, which caught by fifteen Jap fighters shot down seven of the attacking planes. They were forced to land in an isolated section where they fought off enemy attacks for two days.


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Richard V.W. Negley Jr. (0-22108), First Lieutenant (Air Corps), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as an Officer of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 7th Bombardment Group (H), Tenth Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 16 January 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations. The personal courage and devotion to duty displayed by First Lieutenant Negley on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

San Antonio Express

Tuesday, February 19, 1942

Lieutenant Negley Killed in Army Service

San Antonian in Bomber War Victim

A San Antonio Army flyer, 1st Lieutenant Richard Van Wyck Negley, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard V.W. Negley, 310 Paseo Encinal was killed in action while on foreign duty.

The War Department notified his parents that Lieutenant Negley was killed February 8, while flying an Army bomber of the Flying Fortress type.

Negley, a native of San Antonio, was graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire in 1933; from the United States Military Academy in 1939 and from Randolph and Kelly Fields in 1940.

He was a grandson of the late Albert Sidney Burleson of Austin, former Postmaster General and the late William Negley.

His father was President of Negley & Co. and a Director of the Alamo National Bank.

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1st Lt. Richard V. W. Negley, Jr.'s Timeline

November 22, 1915
San Antonio, Bexar, TX, United States
February 8, 1942
Age 26