Ashland native PVT First Class Duane W Tody, 23, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on May 1.
Tody enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ ranks.
Tody 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, Tody 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 Tody 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 leave, Tody returned to San Diego for 28 days of combat training and will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. Then Tody will report to his first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.
Tody is a 2010-graduate of Ashland High School. He is the son of Brian and Cheryl Tody, brother of Brittny and Briana Tody, grandson of Richard and Barbara Tody and the late William and Kathleen Roffers. Tody was enlisted by SSgt James Peterson from the Marine Corps recruiting station in Rhinelander.