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A native of Port St. Luci, Florida, graduated from Marine Corps recruit training as a platoon honor graduate of Platoon 3066, Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Sept. 13, 2019.Pfc. Roel R. Malcolm earned this distinction over 13 weeks of training by outperforming 88 other recruits during a series of training events designed to test recruits’ basic Marine Corps skills.These training events covered customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, physical fitness, military history, and a variety of other subjects.“I liked how drill made the platoon seem as one. As the Senior Drill Instructor would say “One Heartbeat, One Blood, One Brotherhood” everything moving in unison with precision,” said Malcolm.After enjoying the 10 days of leave allotted to graduates of recruit training, Malcolm will continue to build foundational Marine Corps skills at the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina. - Private First Class Roel R. Malcolm completed Marine Corps recruit training as a platoon honor graduate of Platoon 3066, Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Sept. 13, 2019. Malcolm was recruited by SSgt. Christopher Johnson from Recruiting Substation Margate. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erin R. Ramsay)

A native of Saluda, South Carolina, graduated from Marine Corps recruit training as the company honor graduate of Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Sept. 13, 2019.Pfc. James F. Therrell earned this distinction over 13 weeks of training by outperforming 521 other recruits during a series of training events designed to test recruits’ basic Marine Corps skills.These training events covered customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, physical fitness, military history, and a variety of other subjects.“I’ve enjoyed the moments when the platoon has the opportunity to sit down and have core value discussions with our Senior Drill Instructor,” said Therrell.After enjoying the 10 days of leave allotted to graduates of recruit training, Therrell will continue to build foundational Marine Corps skills at the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina. - Private First Class James F. Therrell completed Marine Corps recruit training as the company honor graduate of Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Sept. 13, 2019. Therrell was recruited by Sgt. Charles Ford from Recruiting Substation Lexington, SC. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erin R. Ramsay)

A native of Orlando, Florida, graduated from Marine Corps recruit training as a platoon honor graduate of Platoon 2056, Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Aug. 16, 2019.Pfc. Joshua Johnson earned this distinction over 13 weeks of training by outperforming 50 other recruits during a series of training events designed to test recruits’ basic Marine Corps skills.These training events covered customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, physical fitness, military history, and a variety of other subjects.“The best part of Marine Corps basic training was adding to my family. No matter what, I know that there are Marines and future Marines that will come to understand one another through a common pain that was shared,” said Johnson.After enjoying the 10 days of leave allotted to graduates of recruit training, Johnson will continue to build foundational Marine Corps skills at the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina. - Private First Class Joshua Johnson completed Marine Corps recruit training as a platoon honor graduate of Platoon 2056, Company F, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Aug. 16, 2019. Johnson was recruited by SSgt. Brian Comstra from Recruiting Substation Orlando. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erin R. Ramsay)

ORANGE CITY, Florida (August 25, 2012)—“The Marine Corps builds character,” said Mr. Robert Blanks, an Original Montford Point Marine. Blanks received the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held at his residence. Blanks, 85, who enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War II from Bronx, N.Y., welcomed the award in recognition of his service to the nation at a time when racial discrimination was normal and the military services were just beginning to desegregate.Between 1942 and 1949, there were 19, 168 African American recruits at Montford Point, N.C., near Camp Lejeune. Of those Marines, over 13,000 served overseas during the war. Most were assigned to ammunition and depot companies bringing ammunition and supplies to the front lines and transporting wounded and dead Marines back to the beaches.The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor given by congress for distinguished achievement. The President of the United States signed into law the legislation to award the medal to the Montford Point Marines on November 23, 2011. (Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Tracie G. Kessler)(Released). - ORANGE CITY, Florida (August 25, 2012)—“The Marine Corps builds character,” said Mr. Robert Blanks, an Original Montford Point Marine. Blanks received the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony held at his residence. Blanks, 85, who enlisted into the Marine Corps during World War II from Bronx, N.Y., welcomed the award in recognition of his service to the nation at a time when racial discrimination was normal and the military services were just beginning to desegregate. Between 1942 and 1949, there were 19, 168 African American recruits at Montford Point, N.C., near Camp Lejeune. Of those Marines, over 13,000 served overseas during the war. Most were assigned to ammunition and depot companies bringing ammunition and supplies to the front lines and transporting wounded and dead Marines back to the beaches. The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor given by congress for distinguished achievement. The President of the United States signed into law the legislation to award the medal to the Montford Point Marines on November 23, 2011. (Official USMC photo by Staff Sgt. Tracie G. Kessler)(Released).

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