Senator Persaud 2021 Veteran Hall of Fame

November 11, 2021

US Army | Paratrooper

Luther L. Richardson enlisted in the United States Army. While serving as a Paratrooper, Mr. Richardson worked in the Medical Battalion assisting fellow soldiers.

Mr. Richardson entered basic training, proceeding to San Antonio, Texas, where he began his medical training. He attended Jump School at Ft. Bennett Army Base in Columbus, Georgia. He excelled at basic training due his physical abilities — he completed a one mile run in 4.8 minutes. He was deployed to Germany, where he remained for 29 months, and was a seasoned Paratrooper.

For his service, Mr. Richardson earned numerous recognitions including the Parachutist Badge, National Defense Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal.

With an honorable discharge from the United States Military, Mr. Richardson began a new season of his life. Working as a Physician’s Assistant/Case Worker for Lillie Mae Johnson Home Health Care Services in Brooklyn, Mr. Richardson was instrumental in helping others help themselves.

From 1989-2009, Mr. Richardson worked as a Site Supervisor for the Department of Homeless Services, again finding fulfillment in helping others.

Mr. Richardson coached the Brooklyn Bombers, a Little League team, and was the first Black coach in 24 years. The team went on to win the championship in 1992, during Mr. Richardson’s tenure.

Mr. Richardson, known by many to be a man of his word, lives by a code of honor. An outstanding and loyal member of the Penn Wortman Older Adults Center in Brooklyn, Mr. Richardson can always be seen with a smile on his face. He is one of the shining stars who served in the United States Military.

Mr. Richardson was born in Halifax County, North Carolina. He is the proud father of eight children — one son and seven daughters, and grandfather of 12 — nine of whom are girls. He is a proud grandfather and soldier, which is more than enough of a reason to smile.

Luther Richardson's Bio.