As the nation grieves the passing of 41st president, George H.W. Bush, DSS Physical Security Specialist Richard Truman took a moment to remember the president he served as crew chief of Marine One.
“Serving President Bush was an honor and the highlight of my Marine Corps career and I am deeply saddened by his passing,” said Truman.
Truman accompanied President Bush on countless trips around the world and to the Presidential retreat at Camp David. “The President and first lady were the epitome of a loving couple and were friendly to everyone they met,” recalls Truman. “They always greeted me when boarding the aircraft.”
Truman has many fond memories of his interactions with the first family. During Christmas 1989 at Camp David, President Bush joined Truman and his colleagues for a game of wollyball (volleyball played with a dodgeball) on the Camp David racquetball court.
President Bush hosted guests at Camp David One weekend and he took them on a tour of the Marine One hanger. The President complimented Truman on the cleanliness of Marine One and they shared a laugh about which cleaning supplies Truman used keep it so clean.
“There were many fun moments during my service to the President, but I will never forget landing on the south lawn of the White House, at night, during Christmas season of 89, it was absolutely breathtaking,” recalls Truman.
“President Bush was indeed a member of the greatest generation, said Truman. “I wish him fair winds and following seas - until Valhalla, Semper Fidelis.”
About the Author: Eric Weiner serves in the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service.
Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.