Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finally a Picture!!

Rct. James Reid III, Platoon 3018, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, holds up barbed wire so his fellow recruits can crawl under Feb. 21, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course is part of Basic Warrior Training, held during the ninth week of boot camp, which focuses on basic field-related skills all Marines must know. The basic combat training recruits receive while on Parris Island will be broadened after boot camp at follow-on training in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Reid, 19, from Sewell, N.J., is scheduled to graduate March 14, 2014. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

My family and I have been searching for pictures of my grandson Jimmy ever since he left for boot camp in December. Jimmy Reid is the oldest son of my daughter Rere and her husband Jim. Jimmy joined the United States Marines. What is really interesting is that there are sites the parents are encouraged to join that gives up to date information on what your child is experiencing each week. One of the sites that I go on daily is the Kilo Company Facebook page, where several angels (other marine moms) share photos and information as they come in. Thank you Tammy Opel, Michele Breland Gauthreaux and Libia Salazar

We would check the Kilo Company Facebook site several times a day with hopes of catching site of Jimmy, but with the all the recruits’ hair cut short and their caps pulled low over their eyes, it was damn near impossible to identify Jimmy out of the crowd.

Every once in a while, Rere would find a picture that looked like Jimmy, but we were never sure if it was really him. It was driving us crazy as we tortured others in the family to look at one or another picture to judge if we had found one of Jimmy.

Today, thanks to Michele, we have a picture of Jimmy and let me tell you, the family has finally agreed that it’s really him. Plus, his Aunt Denise who is a Dental hygienist recognizes his teeth. Well there is also the above article with his name and all. My grandson is doing what he was born to do and I’m very proud of him and my daughter and her husband for raising such a brave boy.

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