Local Residents Become Marines

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Three local residents earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

The new marines are:

  • Pvt. Mark Weber, Jr., son of Valerie A. Tirado of Metuchen, a 2011 graduate of John F. Kennedy Memorial High School of Iselin
  • Pvt. Jeremy D. Shedlock, son of Debra and Dennis Shedlock of Parlin, a 2011 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School of Parlin, and
  • Pvt. Jeison Piedrahita, son of Maria Guerrero of Carteret and Jairo Piedrahita of Elizabeth, a 2010 graduate of Carteret High School

For 13 weeks, the recruits stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, they endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

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