PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. --
Today's graduation ceremony was a landmark for the 456 new Marines of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. Of those, 12 new Marines also became naturalized U.S. citizens.
Among the new Marines are these distinguished graduates:
- Pfc. Jared R. Scheck – Columbus, Ohio – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2040
- Pfc. Joseph M. Hoffman – Burlington, N.J. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2041
- LCpl. Joshua R. Norkiewicz – Dracut, Ma. – Honor Graduate/ High PFT/CFT, Platoon 2042
- Pfc. Sean G. McCool – Sharpsburg, Ga. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2044
- Pfc. Barney E. South – Franklin, Ohio – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2045
- Pfc. John J. Scenna – Orlando, Fla. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 2046
- Pfc. Brandon R. Montgomery – Norwalk, Ohio – High Shooter, Platoon 2042
- Pfc. Amanda C. Bohm – Springfield, Va. – Honor Graduate, Platoon 4020
- Pfc. Lauren R. Brune – Mason, Ohio – Honor Graduate, Platoon 4021
- Pvt. Ashlee P. Batson – Ft. Pierce, Fla. – High Shooter, Platoon 4020
- Pvt. Elizabeth A. Frasier – Baudette, Minn. – High PFT/CFT, Platoon 4021
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:
- Pvt. Jodner G. Charles – Miami, Fla.
Originally from – Haiti
- Pvt. Jeong Huan Kim –Bayside, N.Y.
Originally from – South Korea
- Pvt. Demmar S. Williams – Brooklyn, N.Y.
Originally from – Jamaica
- Pvt. Joel R. Disla– Englewood, N.J.
Originally from – Dominica
- Pvt. Hamed B. Sirleaf – Atlanta, Ga.
Originally from – Liberia
- Pfc. Shawon Mahmud – Baltimore, Md.
Originally from – Bangladesh
- Pfc. Michael T. Koshy – Rockville, Md.
Originally from – India
- Pvt. Jeffrey R. Nunez – Bronx, N.Y.
Originally from – Dominican Republic
- Pvt. Marco L. Lange – Cleveland, Ohio
Originally from – South Africa
- Pvt. Gyasi H. Rudder – Burlington, N.Y.
Originally from – Barbados
- Pfc. Meliza K. Molina Crespo – Mallis Church, Va.
Originally from – Bolivia
- Pvt. Luz S. Guerrero – Miami, Fla.
Originally from – Nicaragua
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.