Richard was born in Hagaman on January 3, 1921. He was inducted into the United States Army Air Force in February 1943. He went to England in November of that year and served with the 55th Mustang group. In November 1945 he was sent to Kaufbeuren Germany as part of the army of occupation. Richard returned to the United States in February 1946 aboard the cruiser USS Augusta. After the war he married and moved to Wesleyan Avenue and raised a family of three sons. Richard worked for many years at ALCO in Schenectady. He passed away in 1967.