Richard Bradford Amirault
Dates of Service: 9/21/1991 - 7/29/1995
Birth Date: 7/2/1949
Richard Amirault was born on July 2, 1949 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Operational Management. Amirault joined the navy in 1968 as a seaman recruit and advanced to petty officer third class. He was commissioned from Officer Candidate School in 1973. On June 29, 1973, Amirault became a lieutenant junior grade and was promoted to lieutenant on July 1, 1977. On September 1, 1982, he was promoted to lieutenant commander. Amirault attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School from 1983 to 1986 and earned a Master of Science in Personnel Management. From 1985 to 1988, he served as the chief staff officer for Destroyer Squadron 32. He was promoted to commander on September 1, 1988.
Amirault was commanding officer of Constitution from September 21, 1991 to July 29, 1995. The ship was in dry dock undergoing an extensive restoration at the Charlestown Navy Yard for almost all of his tour. The ship received a third Meritorious Unit Commendation while Amirault was commander. Amirault and his wife, Mary Kathleen (Hennessey), were married aboard the ship on June 26, 1992, making Amirault the second commanding officer to be married aboard Constitution. On July 13, 1992, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited the frigate.
In 1995, Amirault was awarded the William J. Diffley award, which honors departing directors of Historic Naval Ships Association Fleet Member organizations who have contributed in some great measure to the success of their historic ships. He also received a Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars. Amirault retired from the navy in 1995 and began working as a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial, where he currently is employed. Amirault is also the President of Amirault, Thompson & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts.