Richard E. Gilmore Collected military items


Richard E. Gilmore, a veteran of two military services who was an avid collector of military antiques and a resident of the Baltimore area for many years, died Tuesday at his home in Weslaco, Texas.

A memorial service for Mr. Gilmore, who was 59 and moved back to Texas in September after having been diagnosed as having cancer, was held yesterday at the First United Methodist Church in Weslaco.

A native of Weslaco, Mr. Gilmore came to Baltimore after completing serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and then the Air Force in 1954.

Mr. Gilmore was fascinated by military history and collected badges and medals. At one time or another, he owned examples of some of the rarest decorations, including Britain's Victoria and George crosses.

He was a butler and chauffeur for several Baltimore-area families. He also worked for several years in a Towson shop of military items run by retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Erwin Bell, with whom he lived for a time in Carroll County.

Mr. Gilmore also collected science-fiction films.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence Grimes; his mother, Iva Albritton both of Weslaco; two brothers, Jerry Gilmore of Fresno, Calif., and Paul B. Gilmore of Houston; a stepbrother, Jack Tate of Harlingen, Texas; and two stepchildren, Donald A. Newton of Lansdowne and Darlene Porter of Taneytown.

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