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    Posted December 17, 2013 by
    O'Fallon, Missouri
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    Salute to troops

    Proud of Our Two Marines

    The first time our daughter heard a recruiter talk at her school, she knew. "One day I will be a U.S. Marine". Two years later she talked her brother, older by five years, into enlisting as well. Michaela Hall, who just turned 20 on December 15th, left for Parris Island SC one year ago this week. One week to the day after her brother Blake Hall left for San Diego. Both had decided to serve their country in the best way that they thought possible. As United States Marines. Even though Christmas was right around the corner, as was Blake's New Years eve birthday, they both knew what a sacrifice it would be. Thirteen of the hardest weeks of their lives. In March, the proud parents Steve and Ellen Hall, made not one but two trips to both coasts to see the boot camp graduations. After a year of more training Lance Corporal Michaela Hall is stationed in Camp Pendleton CA as a motor transport driver training for a possible deployment to the Middle East. Private First Class Blake Hall is an amphibious vehicle technician stationed in Okinawa. Another Christmas is upon us, and two more December birthdays. All of which will be spent apart from one another. We are so proud of our two Marines and wish them the best this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Birthdays. We Love You Both.

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