"Retired Rear Admiral Richard Inch has died at the U.S. Navy Hospital, Washington, D.C.
For brave conduct in the Battle of Manila Bay, where he was the Chief Engineer of the Cruiser USS Boston, he received advancement in rank. After service of 42 years in the Navy, he retired in 1905.
A native of Washington City and 67 years old. He entered the Navy as Third Assistant Engineer in September 1863, and assigned to the steam sloop USS Lancaster in the Pacific.
He was made Second Assistant Engineer the following year, and First Assistant Engineer in 1892.
He was one of three officers detailed at the Executive Mansion during the illness of President Garfield.
After leaving the Boston in 1898, he went to Charleston and in 1900 was placed in charge of the engineering department at Cavite, Philippines, Naval Station.
In December of that year was assigned as Inspector of Machinery at Newport News.
He was then made a Commander and was advanced to the rank of Captain in 1902.
He received the rank of Rear Admiral when he was placed on the Retired List in 1905."
He was born on June 29, 1843 and died on April 21, 1911. He was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His obituary appeared on the same day as that of George Edward Pickett, Jr.
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