Navy Seaman Recruit Derek M. Rogers, son of Amy J. Kirkpatrick of Largo, and Donald J. Rogers of Seffner, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
The eight-week training included classroom and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is "battle stations," an exercise to give recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.
Rogers is a 2007 graduate of Boca Ciega High, Gulfport.
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The Morris F. Dixon, Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Clearwater recently honored 30 Marine and Navy veterans of the Korean War. The veterans, now residents of the Tampa Bay area, were presented with a certificate and a plaque in recognition of their honorable military service in a ceremony at the Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo.
They are: James Barile, John Betker, Richard Bohart, William Chirkis, Charles Cox, Gerald A. Dahl, Mike Davis, Frank Erwin, Ken Ferrin, Allen Friedman, John Gluck, Daniel Hall, Stan Horman, Lloyd Locklier, Frank Maher, Chet McDonough, George McMaster, E. Rick Michaud, Wayne Morgan, Lou Pennington, Water Ryan, Ralph Saulnier, Marvin Sowinski, Frank Thornton, Charles Tsangaris, Hector Vila, Rudy Weiner, Kenneth Weaver, Bill White and Peter White.