Survived by his wife of fifty-four years Barbara Hammel nee' Sidman, children Remy (Omar) and Daniel (Meggin), brother Mark, niece Alyssa, grandchildren Leila, Gabriel, Jordan, Mason, and Elizabeth. Rick, as he liked to be called, was born on June 29th, 1946 to parents Hannah and Fred in Salem, MA with his first two years spent in Peabody, MA. The family moved and Rick spent his formative years growing up in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. Rick graduated from his beloved Central High School in 1964 with class 221 and went on to complete a degree in Journalism from Temple University. Spending time on two kibbutzim following the Yom Kippur War in Israel, he and wife Barbara returned to the states and drove across the country to the San Francisco Bay Area where they settled and started a family. A prolific writer, authoring over 50 military history books, countless articles, and publisher of many others works, writing became a passion he found in his youth while laid up with a sports injury. His dedication to writing and specifically to the Marine Corps was his life's pursuit and dreams realized. Eric excelled at his craft of narrative history by telling the stories of others' sacrifice in plain English. His love especially for the Marines of the Beirut Bombing is felt to this day. Rick quietly mentored many authors over the years and helped military veterans reckon with and recover from the mental wounds of war by hearing their stories and putting their words to paper for all to see so that the mistakes that brought them that anguish should not be repeated. Rick died peacefully in his sleep with wife Barbara by his side. <br />
Contributions to Rick's memory can be made to Congregation Beth Israel Judea located in San Francisco, CA or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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