Robert William Richards

August 19, 2014

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Robert William Richards, one of four Marines vilified 20 months ago by their nation’s leaders and Sergeant at Arms for the Jacksonville, North Carolina chapter of the American Infidels Motorcycle Club died last Wednesday August 13, 2014 at his home. The cause of death has not been announced.

Geoff Womack, a Houston, Texas attorney who had represented Richards during the last year and a half of his life, told the Tampa Tribune that Richard’s death was “in no way a suicide.”

Scout Sniper

Roberts was born in St. Petersburg and enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 2007. He served with the Scout Sniper platoon of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was deployed to Afghanistan three times and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Navy Unit Commendation and two Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals.

He was severely wounded in the neck, foot and back when a roadside bomb exploded near him during his second tour of duty.  He was redeployed a year later.

While serving in Helmand Province on July 27, 2011 Richards and three other Marines urinated on four dead Taliban.  The urination was video recorded and after the four Marines returned home a copy of the video circulated among troops serving at Camp Lejeune. The recording was uploaded to YouTube in January 2012 and immediately became a sensation,

It was widely reported that Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos wanted the four men “crushed.” Richards was demoted from Sergeant to Corporal after a summary court martial a year ago and was almost immediately given a medical discharge.

Dedicated Marine

Richards is survived by his wife, Raechel; his mother, Cate Richards; his maternal grandparents, retired Army Colonel Bill Collins and Ann Collins; his paternal grandmother, M.D. Richards; his in-laws and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a viewing this Thursday, August 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Center, 2201 Martin Luther King Street North in St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida. A graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014, at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

Those who knew him remember he was a selfless leader, a dedicated Marine, and a faithful friend.

Robert William Richards was just 28. He deserved better.

Requiscant In Pace.



109 Responses to “Robert William Richards”

  1. Mag Says:

    Rest in Peace, Marine.

    May the clamor of the valiant in your approbation dim and erase the whining platitudes of the idiots who know neither manhood or brotherhood, and who are weak slaves to the whims of the tyrants they worship. You rose above and were a Marine, and the tip of the American spear in the ribs of the Enemy.

    Good on you for pissing on your dead foes. May they serve as your slaves in the afterlife. May they be eagle shit in the next.

  2. 10Gauge Says:


    I am on the other side of the Country so I could not attend. Thank you for the write up, I and many others sincerely appreciate it.

    Citizens need to start having a more realistic understanding of war and warriors in this Country if we ever hope to help our Heroes. Your words help. You have a gift.

    Strength, Respect, Honor,

  3. Drifter Says:

    @GF0302; Heart felt, sincere, and compassionate.

    “As we approached, they were preparing for the gun salute and the gut-wrenching playing of ‘taps.’ Somehow appropriate, as ‘taps’ faded away another 20-25 bikes from the Leatherneck MC, in their red and gold Eagle, Globe, and Anchor arrived, punctuating the world this Brother straddled so honorably. ”

    You put me there.

    Thank You and Respects Sir…

  4. Paul Says:


    Thank you sir.

  5. RtC Says:

    @GFO302, I,(and know many others here) appreciate your posts.Please stick
    around! I’m a VN ERA vet (Squid) & salute you. I was lucky that I didn’t
    have to be In-country. I do however have many friends & brothers who were.
    I have watched several of them die from AgentOrange exposure(No worries,
    it’s only going to kill the plants).
    Your posts ring strong & true & are superbly intelligent. Thank you for
    posting the ceremony to send Marine SERGEANT Richards to his reward.
    (Those fucks that demoted him can’t change his rank in my eyes)
    RESPECTS to the REAL

  6. GF0302 Says:

    @ Rebel,
    No problem, man…thanks…FYI, just finished “Framing Dave Burgess;” well done, but really disturbing!

    @Phuquehead – copy all; thanks for the clarification. Either way, I truly appreciate their support and dedication to our folks in uniform.


  7. Rebel Says:

    Dear GF0302,

    There it is. Sometimes I’m away from an internet connection for awhile.

    Thank you for this write up.


  8. Rebel Says:

    Dear GF0302,

    I thought it was up. Let me go look for it. Maybe did something stupid like hit a wrong button on my phone.


  9. Phuquehed Says:

    @GF0302 – Thanks for the write-up of the funeral and all. Sounds like a good turnout for a lost brother to all involved.

    Not meaning to detract or anything, just a simple correction…Patriot Guard isn’t an RC or even a ‘club’ per se. Just volunteers in every state who will come hold a flag and escort a fallen military person at the request of the family/friends. I do it here in W TN.

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