New Marines home for the holidays

Five recent, Rome-area graduates of Marine Corps recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, joined their Marine recruiters and members of the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League, for breakfast at Bojangle’s Restaurant, 708 Martha Berry Blvd., on Thursday morning. They were home on leave prior to reporting either for advanced training or their first permanent duty station. Pictured from left are Recruiter Sgt. Jeremy Osteen, Pfc. Jon Ledbetter, Pvt. Jessica Churchwell, Pfc. Trey Boynton, Pfc. Kolten Cleghorn, Pfc. Reed Hlevyack and Recuriter Sgt. Douglas Mosley.