Other than starring as an actor Richard served in the 6th Airborne Division during World War two and took part in the D-Day landings. He was one of the first to parachute into France on June 6, 1944 and his battalion was one of the units that completed the main assault on Pegasus Bridge, however, the unit took heavy casualties and by dawn next day mustered only 243 out of its original strength of 610.
Richard will be sorely missed.
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