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Local resident earns title of U.S.Marine [UPDATED]

Published 9:56am Monday, September 24, 2012 Updated 11:57am Monday, September 24, 2012

Area native, Pvt. Colin Dethlefsen, 19, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on Aug. 3.

Dethlefsen enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ ranks.

Putting his recruit’s honor, courage and commitment to the test, Dethlefsen faced the physically and mentally rigorous challenges packed into the 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp.

The training was designed to enhance raw talent and to create the morale and discipline required of all Marines.

During recruit training, Dethlefsen joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world’s military elite.

He learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill.

The demanding physical fitness regimen placed Dethlefsen in the best shape of his life. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership.

Following approximately 10 days of well-earned leave, Dethlefsen will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. Then Dethlefsen will report to his first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.

Dethlefsen is a 2011-graduate of Fergus Falls High School in Fergus Falls, Minn. He was enlisted by Staff Sgt. Dale J. Servold out of the Marine Corps recruiting office in Fargo.

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