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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Marine joins sibling footsteps, earns title Marine

By Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | July 02, 2013

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Pfc. Marcus J. Hamilton Platoon 2145, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and his two brothers, captain and sergeant Hamilton, stand together after graduation aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego June 14.

Pfc. Marcus J. Hamilton Platoon 2145, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and his two brothers, captain and sergeant Hamilton, stand together after graduation aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego June 14. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas)


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Pfc. Marcus J. Hamilton Platoon 2145, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, stands in front of the drill instructor monument with his family after graduation aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot June 14.

Pfc. Marcus J. Hamilton Platoon 2145, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, stands in front of the drill instructor monument with his family after graduation aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot June 14. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas)


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San Diego --

Pfc. Marcus J. Hamilton Platoon 2145, Company G, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, has carried on his family legacy by enlisting in the Marine Corps. He is now the third Marine in his family.

Though now a Marine, he was not always on the right path.  He dropped out of high school to leave his family home and spend his time with people on the street. Finally, he became tired of the street lifestyle and moved back in with his parents.

"My childhood was kind of hard. I was on the street a lot and would not have anywhere to stay," said Marcus. "I was doing stupid things: fighting and hanging out with the wrong crowd."

Needing a drastic lifestyle change, Marcus, decided to finish high school. According to Marcus, during his first attempt, he would always get in trouble and had problems concentrating in school. However, hard work and commitment to his goal paid off, he graduated high school.

Marcus then began working on a college degree, but according to him, he knew college wasn't for him.

He turned to his two brothers for advice. One a captain and the other a sergeant in the Marine Corps. They both had an influence in guiding Marcus in the same path as them.

 

"He had the potential to do great things and still does right now. You want to be dependable, someone people can count on," said Capt. Harold C. Hamilton. "The advice I've given Marcus is to be authentically himself and not allow detractors to dampen his spirits."

Marcus remembers all the advice his brothers gave him. Looking up to their example and competitiveness, he joined the Marine Corps.

 "They always talked to me. They would tell me I needed to take care of business," said Marcus, a New Orleans native. "They didn't want me to fail in life and end up in jail."

The 21-year-old is on a different path since his teenage years. Even though Marcus has a quiet demeanor, people notice he has the traits of a leader in him.

"He was a very smart but also reserved, he would open up once he got to know you as time would progress," said Harold. "Very deep but deceptive, people are thrown off by his charm and he is very popular and his friends still look to him as a leader."

One of Marcus' drill instructor noticed his leadership abilities.

 "He has a personality people gravitate toward and has a strong influence in his peers. That is why I placed him in a leadership billet as a squad leader," said Staff Sgt. Jason H. Scott, senior drill instructor, Plt. 2145, Co. G, 2nd RTBn. "He is going to go far because people who go through adversity, who are given a second chance, always prove themselves."

With recruit training completed, Hamilton is continuing to setting himself up for success by establishing personal goals.

"I'm really competitive, I would like to rank up quickly and just be better than they are," said Marcus. "I want to progress faster than they did; it's my goal."

Marcus now gets the opportunity to show his family, his two brothers in particular, that he can handle his business. After earning the title "Marine," Marcus now moves on to other harder, bigger challenge as he continues his family journey in the United States Marine Corps.


15 Comments


  • WILLIAM GERSHUNY (FORMER SGT, 2D AIR WING, CHERRY POINT 258 days ago
    AM I ABLE TO VISIT BOOT CAMP ON MY NOV. 2013 VISIT TO SAN DIEGO. WGERSHUNY@CHARTER.NET. SERVED WITH 2D AIR WING, CHERRY POINT, DURING KOREA WAR.
  • Col Sanders 1 years 20 days ago
    This dude needs a double rat tag!
  • Paul Kelly 1 years 20 days ago
    Good for this young man!
  • Fred 1 years 21 days ago
    Massive biggup bro u gotta keep your head up,u are my role model
  • Rick D Psyclown 1 years 21 days ago
    Awesome, family tradition, my family history is Army, myself included!!!
  • Ms1 Dembinski Daniel 1 years 21 days ago
    I have spent 17 years in the Navy. Two of thoes as a cook and then I went to the seals and learn how to live!
    You still have that in your life remember you can not give up if your not dead.!:-)
  • Diane w. 1 years 21 days ago
    That goes to show you that the streets can not have everyone. Marcus made a good choice for him good luck to him,thank you a job well done.
  • Phillip & Nancy Potter 1 years 21 days ago
    Congratulations to Marcus for overcoming adversity and moving forward as a U.S. Marine. May God bless him and keep him safe, and may he surpass his goals and become one of the USMC's greatest assets. We love and appreciate our troops and thank them for their service!
  • kathy maddux 1 years 21 days ago
    Good luck, PFC Hamilton! And BZ for turning your life around! Especially, good luck at ranking up quickly and showing your brothers how it's done! Lol!
  • Jeannine 1 years 21 days ago
    Thank you for your service. My brother in law is a Marine and my Don in law too. My son is looking into it as well, he still has a few years. Without you our country wouldn't be safe!
  • Michael Busby 1 years 21 days ago
    Lance Cpl. Pedro Cardenas, please take the money your father (or the Marine Corps) gave you and pay for some elementary English courses. This article is full of grammatical errors which does not reflect well on the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps should prohibit you from publishing anything else until you learn to properly write.
  • Ruben Caddell 1 years 21 days ago
    Good Luck MARINE! You remind me of myself back in 1962 when I finished "Boot Camp" at MCRD, Plt 109, RTR, San Diego, CA. I'm retired now but I know the reputation of the 'Corps" is in good hands. Sempre Fidelis and good luck in the FMF...
  • Ted Nolan 1 years 21 days ago
    Great story. Publish more family stories like this.
  • Ron Wasilewski 1 years 21 days ago
    Way to go Marine. You are now in a place that no one can take your title. You will have to meet challenges thru your career but you can do it.
  • Dwayne Spearman 1 years 21 days ago
    Very inspiring story! I ran the streets of New Orleans as a young man as well, and the Corps was the best thing that ever happened to me.

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