Richard enlisted into the Citizens Military Force *Reserves) on 7 Apr 1942 with Service No W40696 and served with 11th Battalion. He transferred to the A.I.F. on 6 Jan 1943. He was posted to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the unit on 15 May 1943.
He embarked with the unit for New Guinea as a Trooper in No 3 Sect, “A” Troop aboard S.S. “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 and returned to Australia with them aboard “TAROONA” on 3 Sept 1944.
After leave and reorganization, he embarked for New Britain aboard “TAROONA” on 9 Apr 1945 with the unit as a Trooper in No 3 sect, “A” Troop. He transferred to 53rd Port Craft Company on 26 Dec 1945 and then to 13th Australian Small Ship Company on 20 Jan 1946. He returned to Australia aboard "WESTRALIA" on 2 May 1946 and was discharged on 21 Jun 1946.
Richard was made a Life Member of the Association in 1976.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45, pictured below. He is now also entitled to the Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with a clasp