When David was still a baby, Richard was sent on assignment
to Washington D.C. It was during the Viet Nam war and Richard
was asked to assist a well-known engineer name Amerikian who
had been asked to design a special dock for the Viet Nam war.
After a month or so, Pat rented out the house in Oxnard and
drove to Washington D.C. with her father and the children. David
Heywood flew home and Pat and Richard set up housekeeping in an
apartment in northern Virginia.
of pat with meg and david on carousel
Pat took the children to Washington
D. C. to visit the zoo and museums. Richard had success in a very
difficult job. Amerikian was something of a rogue and many of his
coworkers resented him. Even so, he had the influence needed to
get his project noticed, and with the help of his brilliant young
assistant, Richard Chiu, he had soon prepared the plans for a
floating dock that it could be towed to the coast of Viet Nam as a
barge, then elevated on supports to form a dock.
Amerikian won the Lincoln Arc
Welding prize for the innovative design. Even though Richard did
not win part of the $5000 prize, he was content with the
recognition he received; a step increase in his salary which he
expected would be worth far more than $5000 over the years if he
continued in the employ of the navy. Although the family
returned to California, living in an apartment until their home in
Oxnard was no longer under lease, Richard was convinced that his
future must lie in the east, in or around Washington D.C. where
the seat of power was situated.
In short order he obtained a
position with another arm of the Navy’s research team and
the family moved to Arlington, Virginia and purchased a brick
home on Wilson Boulevard.
Pat with David and Meg in front
of 5716 Wilson Blvd. Not long after settling into their 7th
home in five years, Pat gave birth to their third child, Kathleen.
She was born on August 18, 1967 and died unexpectedly just a
few months later in November. Some mention was made of an
immature Thymus gland as the cause of death.
As soon as
they moved into their house in Arlington, Richard undertook an
ambitious remodeling project on their little house, putting in a
long rear sun room and forming a patio area of cast octagonal
concrete tiles around a huge oak that was adjacent to the kitchen.
He had learned from his experience of selling the house in Oxnard,
California that a well-planned enhancement could have a positive
effect on the selling price of real estate.