December 22, 2008
Billy Richards and his Marine Corps unit are seen in June aboard the U.S.S. Peleliu in the Persian Gulf, preparing for a flight into Iraq.
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Corps before college
In 2006, Craig native Billy Richards was a 19-year-old seeking more excitement than his sophomore year at the University of Northern Colorado had to offer. "It was kind of boring," Richards said. "I wanted to do something a little more adventurous while I was still young." Enter Uncle Sam. More specifically, enter Uncle Sam's U.S. Marine Corps.