“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Joseph Wayne Richardson was born on December 26, 1974 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was raised in Lehigh, IA until he graduated from Southeast Webster High School in 1993. He then worked in Webster City until his enlistment into the United States Navy in 1995. Once Joe enlisted in the Navy, he found his niche in the world. He began a career as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) which he excelled above any expectations. Starting at the bottom of Navy ranks, Joe achieved and accomplished excellence as well as earning the admiration and respect of his entire squadron and everyone who crossed his path in life. Joe was known for his love of family, friends, and his Navy Career. He loved spending time with his daughter and with his family in Iowa when he would return home on leave. He had many interests such as cars, camping, and four wheeling with his jeep and 4-wheeler in the hills and mountains of California. Joe always had a smile on his face and a personality that put everyone at ease. He always had a comment that made you smile.