Marine Corps Pfc. John G. H. Matthews, son of Cathy Matthews of Aiken, and John Matthews, of Aiken, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island.
For 13 weeks, Matthews stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Matthews endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Matthews is a 2007 graduate of South Aiken High Schoo.