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Richard grew up on a farm near what is now Veterans' Hill Elementary School. He attended Hutto High School and graduated in 1961 before going on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from Texas A&M University in 1965.


Oman was working as a teacher in Fayetteville when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in the fall of 1968. Barely half a year later, he was killed in action in South Vietnam in April of 1969.

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