Turner, Richmond Kelly was born on May 27, 1885 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Enoch and Laura Frances (Kelly) Turner.
Graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1908, Naval Ordnance, 1916, Naval Aviation School, 1927.
Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, June 5, 1910, advanced through grades to admiral, May, 1945. Naval aviator. 1927; commander Aircraft Squadron, Asiatic Fleet, 1928-1929. Chief planning division Bureau aeronautics, United States Navy, 1929-1931.
Naval aviation adviser American delegation to General Disarmament Conference, Geneva, 1931-1932. Executive officer United States Ship Saratoga, 1932-1934. Chief staff Aircraft Battle Force, 1934-1935.
Naval War College, 1935-1938. Commander United States Ship Stewart. 1913, United States Ship Mervine, 1924-1925, United States Ship Jason, 1928-1929, United States Ship Astoria, 1938-1940.
Director War Plans Division, Navy Department, 1940-1942. In command amphibious forces in Solomons, Gilbert and Marshall Islands, 1942-1943, Mraianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, 1944-1945, United States Naval Republican to Military Staff Committee, 1945-1947. Retired 1947.