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Richland man becomes distinguished shooter

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RICHLAND, Wash.—A Richland High School graduate is making a lot of noise in the Marine Corps.  26-year-old Sergeant Ken Nelson says he grew up on a farm, and now, he's part of an elite group of riflemen.

Sergeant Nelson tells KNDU the only time he shot a gun was with his grandfather's rifle.  However, when he enrolled in the Marine Corps in 2003, he started zoning in on his shot.

"I see these guy and I saw instructors that came to my first match, and they were part of the marine corps rifle team and had these medals and badges on their chests, and I thought wow I want some of those," says Sergeant Ken Nelson.

Nelson was paired up with an experienced shooter and learned the skill was about focus.  He says that day his score almost doubled.  From there Nelson went on to earn 30 points by winning medals at shooting competitions.  His big wins made him the only marine this year to become a distinguished shooter with both a rifle and a pistol.

"It's one of those things where I set up this goal and then I accomplish it and it's like wow I did it now what do I do," says Nelson.

Now Nelson is passing on his skills to fellow marines, because he says, someone passed their skills onto him.