Richard Merrill Dalton was born in Graham, Texas, to a prominent Young County family. He completed high school in Fort Worth. Upon graduation, he entered the USAF in 1959 and remained there until 1971 when he was retired involuntarily for wounds received in Vietnam. His work in the USAF consisted of Intelligence Operation and Survival Training where he trained US Pilots, Navy Seals, and UDT personnel in Survival techniques as potential Prisoners of War. He was also an interrogator in Vietnam when he was severely wounded and soon released from active duty. Returning to civilian life, Dalton finished his degree in Political Science and History/Sociology, and then completed a Master's and post-graduate work. Sharing stories with his students while a college professor encouraged Dalton to write several books and articles that range from history and espionage to humor. He owned and operated a Mexico insurance agency in Progreso, Texas, one mile from the Mexican border. He often traveled to northeastern Mexico as a participant observer of Mexico, its history, lifestyle, and economics, including its culture, social and political conditions which he recorded and transcribed for those who wish to drive into Mexico. He is currently working on a guide to northeastern Mexico and will publish it when it is safe to travel there. He now resides in Wichita Falls, Texas.