PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Three Marine recruits with ties to our area recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Marine Corps Pvt. Marc C. Vella-Hunlock, son of Alicia Vella of Washington, N. J. and William F. Hunlock, of Elizabeth; Pfc. William G. Stamato, son of Cathy and Gerry Stamato of Woodbridge; and Pfc. Carlos A. Eduardo, son of Juan A. Eduardo, of Perth Amboy were addressed as “Marines” for the first time in their careers after completing The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem.
The recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, they spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
The recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps’ core values–honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
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