Richard was died December 8, 1967, in Khanh Hoa Provience, Vietnam. His death is listed as non-hostile and as a result of an aircraft crash during a training flight. He was born April 13, 1945, in Okanogan, Washington. He was a helicopter repairman with the 1st Aviation Brigade, 92nd Assault Helicopter Company. He jumped at NCSB during the 1966 season and had eight fire jumps. Richard was an outstanding high school track and football athlete and received an athletic scholarship to Spokane Community College.
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