Polk County locals earn title of Marine

Published 12:36 pm Friday, March 23, 2012

Polk County locals Pvt. Blair Ruth and Pfc. Luke Spangler of Mike Company PLT 3016 took “The Crucible” March 3 and earned the title Marine after 13 weeks of training for the United States Marine Corps. The Crucible is a 54-hour ordeal made up of several events that test the recruits’ endurance, strength and overall teamwork as they face the stress of limited food, sleep and exhaustion. It is the final test recruits must pass to earn the title Marine. A graduation ceremony was held Friday, March 9 at Parris Island, S.C. These two Marines plan to enjoy a break with their families and then return to active duty. (photo submitted by Sabrina Spangler)