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Born in 1944 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I grew up within a mile of the Willow Run Airport which was famous during WWII for the production of  Bombers. In March of 1961, I Joined the United States Marine Corps. I did my basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. After basic training I was assigned to Weapons Platoon, D Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Las Pogaus, Camp Pendleton, California. In November we were shipped to Okinawa as H Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division and were stationed at Camp Schwab. Due to the Cuban Missile Crisis, our relief Battalion was sent to Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and our Battalion had to spend an extra tour in Okinawa. Upon return

to Camp Pendleton in February of 1963, I was transferred into MP Company HqBn (Rein), 1st MarDiv (Rein)FMF, where I served out the rest of my four year enlistment. I received my Honorable Discharge on the 29th of March 1965.

In March of 1968, I hired into Michigan Bell Telephone Company as an installer.  I am still working for Michigan Bell as a splicing technician.

I have been married to my lovely bride since 1978.

My hobbies include raising a rather large vegetable garden. We preserve much of our produce for winter use. I have also been active in the Martial Arts since my tour of duty in Okinawa. I have studied five different styles, three Okinawan styles, one Japanese style, and  an American style based on a blend of Okinawan and Japanese Karate. I did a radio program on a local Micro FM two nights a week until the Feds shut the station down. (They had an arrest warrant for the Transmitter.) The show covered everything from politics to UFOs. The station's motto is Free Speech with No Sacred Cows. I have interviewed many very interesting people including, but not limited to, Sheriff Mack, Erich Von Daniken, Mark Koernke, and many others.

 During the World Series, while most men are glued to their couch watching the games, a good friend and I spend our time in the kitchen making super-hot Salsa.

I have a rather extensive library that takes up all of a thirty foot wall in my upstairs hide-away.

Richard Townsend


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