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Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
Parris Island makes Marines, naturalized US citizens

April 14, 2017

Parris Island, S.C. --

Today's graduation ceremony was a landmark for the 464 new Marines of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. Of those, 17 new Marines also became naturalized U.S. citizens.


Among the new Marines are these distinguished graduates:

  • Pfc. Deion A. Douglas – Beaufort, S.C. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2024

  • Pfc. Spencer A. O’Day  – Dayton, Ohio – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2025

  • Pfc. Tyler J. Canaway – Virginia Beach, Va. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2026

  • Pfc. Keon S. Knight – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2028

  • Pfc. Edwin J. Rodriguez – Londondeery, N.H. – Honor Graduate/ High PFT/CFT, Platoon 2029

  • Pfc. Noah M. Ebare – Muskegon, Mich. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2030

  • Pfc. Grace K. Jacobs – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Honor Graduate/ High PFT/CFT, Platoon 4012

  • Pfc. Avery C. Hurtado – Sandstone, Minn. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 4013

  • Pfc. Joshua C. Harris – Pikeville, Ky. – High Shooter, Platoon 2024

  • Pfc. Teresa Marquezmacias – Rockford, Ill. – High Shooter, Platoon 4012


Each new Marine persevered through 70 training days while passing each of the seven graduation requirements.


Additionally, before earning citizenship, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the English language and American government, show good moral character and take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.


Those new Marines who also earned U.S. citizenship are:

  • Pfc. Emiliano Barra Gonzalez – Boston,  Mass.

    Originally from – Venezuela

  • Pvt. Andy J. Siguenas – Old Bridge, N.J.

    Originally from – Peru

  • Pvt. Jose D. Sandi – Hamilton, N.J.

    Originally from – Costa Rica

  • Pfc. Sangmin Bae – Ridgewood, N.J.

    Originally from – South Korea

  • Pfc. Starlin A. Henriquez Henriquez – Passaic, N.J.

    Originally from – Dominican Republic

  • Pfc. Esteban F. Riano Mojica – Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Originally from – Colombia

  • Pvt. Ytuin Enuol – Concord, N.C.

    Originally from – Vietnam

  • Pvt. Matias N. Ruiz Tufino – Miami, Fla.

    Originally from – Ecuador

  • Pvt. Chrishaun L. Smith – Miami, Fla.

    Originally from – Jamaica

  • Pfc. Ransel Celada Ruisanchez – Miami, Fla.

    Originally from – Cuba

  • Pvt. Jonathan L. Miranda – Miami, Fla.

    Originally from – Cuba

  • Pfc. Omari C. Christian – Linden, N.J.

    Originally from – St. Martin

  • Pfc. Jaira T. Ualata – Jacksonville, Fla.

    Originally from – Philippines

  • Pfc. Jonnie P. Cervania – Chicago, Ill.

    Originally from – Philippines

  • Pfc. Angelica Gonzalez Santillan – Gilroy, Calif.

    Originally from – Mexico

  • Pvt. Marlenne N. Meza – San Diego, Calif.

    Originally from – Mexico

  • Pvt. Adepeju F. Ogundiran – Huntsville, Texas.

    Originally from – Nigeria


Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 12 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry– level enlisted training for approximately 49 percent of male recruits and 100 percent of female recruits in the Marine Corps.


High resolution photos of the distinguished graduates and new Marines who earned their U.S. citizenship can be downloaded for free at the following link: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/MCRD-PI.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island