designed to give you
all of the information
you need to prepare
for the graduation of
your Marine from the
Recruit Depot in
Parris Island, SC. If
you cannot find
something you need,
contact Gretchen to
see if she can help
A quick introduction...I am Gretchen Miller
aka One Proud Marine Mom AND One Proud Air Force Mom. I live
in Saint Joseph, Missouri and have worked with Max Beerup
over the last 13 years helping him with the website for "The
Other Boot Camp" aka San
October 2004 I visited San Diego to attend one of the graduation
ceremonies. During my stay I had the opportunity to meet dozens
of parents that had visited the San Diego Graduation website
and were sincerely thankful for the information it contained.
While I had been contemplating a website for Parris Island,
it never seemed to be a priority until I met these wonderful
families and discovered just how helpful this type of information
is. So for all the families of Parris Island Marine Recruits,
here is some information on my experience at Parris Island.
I didn't have a website like this when my daughter graduated
in January 2003. I jumped in blind and hoped for the best.
If anyone has information that you, too, feel would be a
helpful addition to this website, please do not hesitate to
This is, after all, by and for friends and families of Marine
And last but not least, congratulations to your son or daughter
who is currently being trained to be the best of the best,
the truly elite. They have much to be proud of and so do you.
The first Marine pictured in the above video is Brandon Hardy
who was killed in action in Iraq. Cpl. Brandon Hardy was proud
to serve and honored to die for his country. Having served
in both the Air Force and the Marines, Brandon was dedicated
to the principles that made and keeps our country free.
After receiving the news of his death, his family established
a scholarship in his memory. The young men and women who
will be entering the military will be given a few standard
supplies on their first day of boot camp and a debit card
to get the required haircut –the cost of these items
will be garnished from their first pay. Over their years
of service there will be many things required but not issued
by their military branch – this scholarship will help
provide funds for those non-issued items. We know Brandon
is honored to help a fellow member of the armed forces ensure
the principles our country was founded on and the freedom
we enjoy is preserved for generations.
Marine Corps Apparel & Gifts For Every Member Of The Family! Find
Personalized long or short sleeve T-shirts from toddler to adult sizes,
Sweatshirts, Hoodies and, last but not least, infant onesies! These shirts
leave our facility 1-3 business days from the date of the order, just
in time for you to wear them on Family Day or Graduation Day at Parris
Island, SC. Your Marine will love it when they see their family honoring
them with these shirts!
Note: Any shirts titled "My Blank" or "Proud
Blank" means you can get them with any relationship; for example:
Proud Mom, Proud Dad, Proud Grandma, etc...or My Brother is a Marine,
My Sister is a Marine, My Daughter is a Marine, etc.