After a six-month deployment in the Pacific, Richards decided to surprise his daughter by dressing up as the Beast.
Soldier Surprises Daughter at Graduation
A senior at a North Dakota high school got the surprise of a lifetime over the weekend -- her father. Taylor Crafton, a senior at Central High School, in Grand Forks, N.D., has seen her dad, Chris Crafton, be deployed overseas multiple times growing up. Nine times since she was three to be exact. Months prior to Taylor's graduation, he was deployed to Cuba. He wasn't expected to make it back in time to see her walk across the stage in her cap and gown. So, a friend in Virginia made a life-size cutout of him to ensure he was there in spirit. It turns out she didn't need it anyway. As Taylor stood on that stage her dad came running out from backstage in his military gear, and the moment is priceless.