Richard D. Mcfarland
Colonel Richard D. McFarland grew up and attended school in Akron, Ohio. The attack on Pearl Harbor, and America's entry into World War II delayed his aim of going to the University of Akron for his Baccalaureate Degree. He entered the U.S. Army early in 1942, as an enlisted man, and served in various army posts in the U.S., including Camp Beale, California.
He volunteered for Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia , and after graduation as a 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry, he went overseas into combat in North Africa and Italy. | After the war he started college and while studying at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., he was offered the opportunity of competing for a regular commission which he successfully completed.The Korean War began in June 1950 and he served in combat during the first year and a half of that war. | He is a graduate of the University of Omaha, and military schools such as the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth; the Air University at Maxwell Field in Alabama; and the Defense Language Institute here in Monterey where he studied the Arabic language. Upon graduation he became the Senior Army Advisor the Saudi Arabian Army in the mid 1960's. His last duty was Chief of Plans and Operations Headquarters FiForth Army, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, where he retired in July 1970.