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The following young men earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.:
• Marine Corps Pfc. Mario J. DiSi, son of Tamara DiSi of Hudson and Salvatore DiSi, also of Hudson
• Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel J. Ramech, son of Julia L. and Steven D. Ramech of New Port Richey
• Marine Corps Pfc. Joshua C. Killinger, whose wife Becky is the daughter of Lorraine and Robert Puma of Port Richey
• Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher D. Peters, a 2012 graduate of Hudson High School, Hudson
• Marine Corps Pvt. Walter L. Smith, son of Sheri L. Lawrence of Land O'Lakes and Walter L. Smith, III of Clearwater
• Marine Corps Pvt. Alexander G. Worton, son of Melanie Bachtel of Land O'Lakes and Scott A. Worton of Spring Hill
For 13 weeks the soldiers stayed committed during demanding entry-level military training, transforming from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
During the week prior to graduation, the individuals participated in 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.