Richard A. Landgraff

Long Beach, California


October 13, 2017
Long Beach, California


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Richard A. Landgraff

Born July 26, 1936. He lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until he was 14 and then moved out to Torrance, California with his family. He graduated from Torrance High School in 1954. He worked for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for 39.5 years before retiring just before it was closed.

Dick married Julia Landgraff (deceased December 2016) on February 1, 1969. They had a daughter, Kristina, in September of 1975. She was an only child, but not by choice.

Dick had a long love of trains thanks to his grandfather in Milwaukee. He began collecting model trains at some point and joined the Model Train Association that meets in Bellflower.

Dick also spend 5 ½ years as a reserve officer in the National Guard.

Dick’s love though, was the Iowa Class Battleships. He was a naval architect during the 1980’s, during the re-commissioning of them. Dick was a Program Director for the US Navy’s Battleship program. He became known as Mr. Battleship because of his vast knowledge and expertise of them. In his retirement years he worked over 10,000 hours to bring the USS Iowa to San Pedro. He always joked that it was HIS battleship.

Richard is survived by his daughter Kristina, her children, Austin, Audrey, Cody and David, and his brother Jack.

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Dick was a great mentor to a young naval architect. I learned a lot from him.

I also heard of Richard's passing on the WorldAffairs Board. His expertise and stories added so much to the forum. What most impressed was his pure patriotism & how generous he was to those of use who were not professionals but had questions. He was very patient and we always felt lucky to have someone of his caliber taking our queries seriously. He will be greatly missed, and my condolences to you, his family and his friends.

Learned a great deal from M L via the World Affairs battleships board. I will always be grateful that he shared his unique insights into his experiences.

Knew Mr L through the World Affairs board and interacted with him a good bit. Always willing to share what he knew. He will be missed, greatly. Condolences to the family (of whom he was very proud of) from North Carolina.