Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
"Richard entered the U.S. Navy at L Dalles, Oregon in April of 1944, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. He served on the KA-54, a cargo ship converted into a Landing Craft LCI, carrying smaller Landing Craft. His unit was involved in the invasion of the Philippines and Okinawa. Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to Luzon three days after Richard's outfit had cleared the Japanese. He received two Invasion Ribbons and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon, and was discharged a Seaman First Class in November of 1945 at San Francisco, Calif." -Cori Hoag