Brigadier General (Ret.) Richard L. Ursone (contributed photo)
Growing up in Stamford, children of a proud, but private World War II veteran, the four Ursone kids (Richard, Joseph, Adele and Louis, Jr.) learned about duty and responsibility from their parents. And while all four are involved in a variety of philanthropic and charitable causes, the eldest, Richard, took service to his country very seriously.
This year, Stamford's Veteran's Day Parade will honor Brigadier General (Ret.) Richard L. Ursone when he serves as the parade's Grand Marshall.
General Ursone, who now lives in San Antonio, TX, served in the US Army for 33 years. Among his many honors and recognitions, US Senator Christopher Dodd commended him by saying: "General Ursone played a critical role in shaping and successfully executing the mission of the United States Army Medical Department. When brave men and women across our country commit to serving our country in the Armed Forces, our country also makes a commitment to them. And part of that commitment is to provide them with world-class medical care, both on and off the field of battle. Throughout his career, General Ursone has made invaluable contributions to the health and well-being of soldiers in the United States Army. Over the past three decades, General Ursone has served in a series of demanding assignments around the globe and in leadership positions of increasing responsibility."
Of particular note was General Ursone's service in combat during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. From 1990 to 1991, General Ursone, then a Lieutenant Colonel, served as commander of the 47th Medical Logistics Battalion. He successfully deployed and led his soldiers in supporting the war effort and the entire U.S. Army Central Command Theater of Operations with the delivery and replenishment of needed medications and medical supplies.
Some of his other positions include serving as Commander, European Regional Medical Command/Command Surgeon, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany, and, his final role as Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection/Chief, Medical Service Corps, Office of the Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, DC.
And though he has lived out of the area for many years, Ursone has been part of the Curtain Call volunteer team bringing free outdoor Shakespeare to his hometown. And it's not just because his little brother begged him! "To say I'm incredibly proud of my brother's military career is a gross understatement" said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director. "I may have played a soldier on TV, but he's been in battle and defended our country for over 30 years and that's an amazing gift to all of us" Ursone added. An avid reader and literature buff, General Ursone has timed his summer visits back to Stamford several times to include helping build and / or help break down and store the mammoth set.
General Ursone is the father of five and grandfather of seven. He has been married to wife Ranae (also a Stamford native), for 44 years.