11 Jul 1945 — New Orleans, Louisiana
Richard was a P-51 pilot in the Philippines. After getting shot down he was reassigned to a combat unit and was captured in 1942 by the Japanese. He survived the Bataan Death March and was liberated in 1945.
On Feb. 3, 1945, Richard was liberated from PW Camp #4 - O'Donnel, Tarlac, Luzon, Philippines, and returned to the U.S.
Richard and other liberated soldiers then went on a Bond tour with John Wayne and Ward Bond. During that tour he made a stop in New Orleans on July 11, 1945. In the crowd at the stop was Martha Harris, a childhood friend. They reunited and were married 3 days later on July 14, 1945.