Marine Corps Pvt. James R. Sherry, grandson of Linda Burnell, of Oregon, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
One week prior to graduation, Sherry 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.
Sherry is a 2009 graduate of Clay High School.