Richard Truman was in the United States Marine Corps from June 1980-February 2002. He retired as a first sergeant (E-8). Richard was a CH-46E helicopter crewchief. After boot camp and all prerequisite schooling, Richard was stationed at New River Air Station, NC from 1981-1986. Richard deployed on naval ships to the Mediterranean three times from 1982-1985. He was in Beirut, Lebanon from May-Nov 1983 and helped treat and evacuate the wounded when the Marine barracks was bombed on October 23, 1983.
From 1986-1990 and again from 1997 to 1999, Richard was stationed with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 in Quantico, VA. While there, he qualified as a VH-3D crewchief, and became a Marine One crewchief for President George H.W. Bush from August 1989-June 1990.
From 1990 to 1997, Richard was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan, where he became qualified as a HH-46D helicopter crewchief and flew search and rescue missions.
In 1999, Richard was stationed at Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall. He was at Henderson Hall on September 11, 2001 when the Pentagon was attacked. He went to the aid of the wounded, but was not allowed to enter the building. Shortly thereafter, Richard retired and started working for the State Department. He has worked in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, first as a technical security specialist and currently as a physical security specialist since January 2002.