Marine Corps Pvt. Eric S. Shives, son of Crystal L. and Robert A. Bussard of Needmore, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
For 13 weeks, Shives stay-ed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to a Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
One week prior to graduation, Shives 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.
Shives is a 2012 graduate of Southern Fulton High School.