OYE would like to thank former College Republican George Culpepper Jr. for stepping up.
As a teenager, Culpepper moved to Anchorage, Alaska, to live with his father and finish high school. He played the tuba, sang in the school choir and was active in the Junior Reserve Office Training Corps. His father had served in the military and at one point was stationed at the Panama Canal.
"The military was always part of my life," he recalled.
It was natural, then, for Culpepper to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995.