Richard Klemm Boyd – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report

Richard Klemm Boyd, 92, an Army Colonel who retired in 1961 from a military advisory post in Athens, died of sepsis July 9, 2001, in the nursing unit of the Maplewood retirement facility in Bethesda.

Colonel Boyd, a former resident of Gibson Island, Maryland., was born at Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont. He ttended St. Albans School and was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

He served in the Philippines in the 1930s and with the 82nd Airborne division in North Africa and Sicily during World War II. He was injured while commanding a battalion of glider infantry during the Normandy invasion, but he recovered and later led one of the first columns of American troops marching into Berlin in 1945.

Colonel Boyd also served in Korea. He taught at the Army War College.

His honors included a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He was a member of the Gibson Island Club.

His wife, Norma Pennell, died in 1979, and their son, Richard K. Boyd Jr., Major, United States Army, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.  Major Boyd was buried at the Cemetery at the United States Military Academy.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Boyd Beatty of Bethesda; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


On Monday, July 9, 2001. Husband of the late Norma Pennell; father of Barbara Boyd Beatty and the late Richard K. Boyd, Jr. Also survived by three grandchildren and four great-grand- children. Services will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 10:45 a.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.


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