Commander Richard H. Tibbets, USN (ret.)
was “Commissioned as an Ensign in the Naval Reserve in 1941, he reported for active duty a few months later aboard the
USS American Legion. He served as a landing boat-wave officer during the invasion of Guadalcanal and later served on the island
temporarily in the port director's office. He rejoined his ship in time for the invasion of Bougainville. In 1944, he
was transferred to the USS Prentiss for duty as executive officer. After the Japanese surrender, the Prentiss remained in
the Pacific for mopping-up operations in Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea.
He transferred to the regular Navy
in 1946, serving as executive officer aboard the USS Mona Island and the USS Zellars. In 1951, he completed the Naval officers
program at George Washington University and was promoted to commander. Other sea assignments included command of the USS Jeffers
and the USS Ingersoll, which fought in the Korean War. During the Suez Canal crisis of 1956, he served as commanding officer
of a tanker.
From 1957 to 1960, Commander
Tibbets served as the Executive Officer of the U.S. Navy Sub-Board of Inspection and Survey, based in Newport, Rhode Island.
He retired in 1964. (arlingtoncemetery.net). Commander Richard H. Tibbets died in January 2007.
He is the author of The Ghosts of Genteng: A Tale of Post WWII Mutiny.
According to the book description of
The Ghosts of Genteng: A Tale of Post WWII Mutiny, it “is set in revolt-torn Indonesia about
six months after the end of World War II. A number of U.S. Navy Auxiliary Ships were still plying the backwaters of the Southwestern
Pacific and the Indonesian archipelago on various mopping-up operations. For the officers and men of these ships the thrill
and terror of combat operations had given way to monotonous, unpopular and seemingly endless tasks. Morale plummeted. The
vast majority wanted desperately to go home and get on with their lives. Others, whose lives had been overturned by the vagaries
of war and other gut wrenching experiences, were at loose ends and susceptible to schemes they ordinarily would have dismissed
out of hand. A number of officers and men in the latter category had gravitated to the fictional ship USS Zennon (AKA-201),
and the scheme involved - mutiny.”