He grew up in the sixties when the Vietnam War was in full swing. An innocent choice led him to the war, where he served as a combat infantry soldier.
Once home again, he used the GI Bill to go to college. He then had a long career in the process control industry.
Richard is married with two grown children and four grandchildren. He is retired and lives with his wife, Teresa, in Lenox, MA.
Just before retiring, he began to write, quite accidentally, by deciding to add captions to the pictures he brought back with him from Vietnam. That effort morphed into his first book, 21 Months, 24 Days, a memoir about his journey to the Vietnam War.
Early on, he was unaware that he had a writing style until his son Jeremy told him he did. He describes it as an honest conversation across the kitchen table.
In 2015, while living in Marshfield, Richard described what it was like to journey to the Vietnam War and back as a member of the US Army Infantry. See a 10-minute excerpt from his interview.
Richard was recently interviewed by Preston Jones, a professor in the History Department at John Brown University. The interview titled, "The World of War in South Vietnam & Cambodia: With the 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), 1970" is available on YouTube.
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