Richard A.M. Dixon was born in Natick, Massachusetts on May 2, 1935. After graduating from English High School in Boston in 1952, he emigrated to Seattle via Los Angeles in 1954 where he went to work for Boeing as a final assembly mechanic in Plant 2, working on the first production B-52. He graduated from the machinist apprenticeship program in 1959. He majored in Psychology and graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in 1961. As the honor graduate in the ROTC program, he was awarded the Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned a second lieutenant, Infantry in the Regular Army.
His first assignment was in the famed 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. he went to jump school, jumpmaster school and served as a rifle platoon leader, then mortar platoon leader in company B of the 501st Infantry, famous because it was the first airborne unit in the Army. Dixon was sent from there to Fort Benning, Georgia for the Infantry Officer Basic Course. It was there that he met Brenda, the woman that would remain steadfast through worldwide assignments for more than fifty years. They married at the culmination of Ranger School and returned to Fort Bragg where he served as reconnaissance platoon leader and then, as a first lieutenant, Commanded a company.
Near the end of 1963 Dixon and his wife, now including their two daughters, Cindy and Evelyn, were sent to Okinawa where he was assigned various airborne rifle company jobs, including executive officer in the 503rd Infantry, soon to become the 173rd Infantry Brigade. When, in 1965, the brigade shipped to Bien Hoa, Vietnam, Dixon volunteered to fight with an infantry platoon so as to see the most action. His family, now including a son, Chris returned to the States as a captain. On his return, the family was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he commanded a company for eighteen months before returning to Fort Benning for the Officers Advanced Course. In September, 1968 he returned to Kontum, Vietnam where, as a major he served as MACV Senior District Advisor for a year. he returned to Fort Lewis, Washington where he worked as executive officer and then commander of a basic training battalion. In early 1972 the family was ordered to Fort Richardson, Alaska where Major Dixon served as operations officer in the 172 Arctic Light Infantry Brigade. He had orders for Command and general Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1976. While there, he received his Masters Degree in Military Art and Science. On graduation, he had orders for Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia but was diverted back to Alaska to command the combat developments agency at Fort Richardson as a lieutenant colonel. Accepting this assignment meant that Dixon would probably not make promotion to colonel, but he was happy with life the way it was. he expected his last assignment to be the Senior Advisor to the 205th Light Infantry Brigade (USAR) at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. While there he ran afoul of a two star General and his tour was spoiled. He had done his twenty years and planned to retire, but this spoiled tour convinced him he’d have to do one more tour–this time with the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg. There, he was among old airborne Mafioso and served in Operations and Training as exercise director until his retirement on April 1, 1985.
By this time the girls had grown, married, and gone off to begin their own families. Their son, Chris had joined the Marines. Dick and Brenda decided to settle back in Washington where they remain to this day.