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VETERAN OF THE MONTH
CPL Richard "Richie" Anthony Rivera, Jr
CPL Richard "Richie" Anthony Rivera, Jr.
Richie was born July 26, 1992, in Ventura. He was known to have a heart of gold and a smile that would light up a room. Many were drawn to his fun loving personality and positive outlook on life. He had various passions in his life. He excelled on and off the football field. He enjoyed being a role model to his younger brother Isaiah, and spending time with family and friends - creating a lifetime of memories.
He attended Rio Mesa High School and graduated in 2010. He went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps…..Ooohrah. His parent command was 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
On August 10th 2012, while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Richie was working out with some fellow Marine Corps brothers when they were ambushed. Unfortunately, Richie was severely injured, and later succumbed to his injuries.
Richie is survived by his devoted mother, Linda Rivas-Rivera, brother Isaiah Rivera, his high school sweetheart, Cathy Mortilla, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and countless cousins and amazing friends. Semper fi Marine!
Nominated by his family