Story published: 06-17-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Several locals train, become Marines

Several individuals with ties to the Jonesborough and Washington County areas have been recognized over the last several months for their military successes.

Five men from the area recently earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

They are: University School alumnus Luis G. Avila Jr., son of Tracie and Luis Avila, of Gray; 2012 Daniel Boone High School graduate Michael R. Bunch, son of Brenda Bunch, of Gray; James D. Miller, son of Jennifer R. Bowles, of Johnson City, and Robert W. Bowles, of Telford; Zackary L. Radford, son of Kelly G. Howlett, of Limestone, and Timothy O. Radford, of Jonesborough; and Samuel A. Stoneman, grandson of Mike and Sandra Brown, of Telford.

The men took part in 13 weeks of training that included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming and military history and customs.

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