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17 Marines graduate from Parris Island, become US citizens


Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island saw the graduation Friday of 464 new , 17 of whom also became naturalized U.S. citizens, according to a corps news release

Among the new /citizens are:

  • Pfc. Emiliano Barra Gonzalez — Boston, Mass. (Venezuela)
  • Pvt. Andy J. Siguenas — Old Bridge, N.J. (Peru)
  • Pvt. Jose D. Sandi — Hamilton, N.J. (Costa Rica)
  • Pfc. Sangmin Bae — Ridgewood, N.J. (South Korea)
  • Pfc. Starlin A. Henriquez Henriquez — Passaic, N.J. (Dominican Republic)
  • Pfc. Esteban F. Riano Mojica — Ann Arbor, Mich. (Colombia)
  • Pvt. Ytuin Enuol — Concord, N.C. (Vietnam)
  • Pvt. Matias N. Ruiz Tufino — Miami, Fla. (Ecuador)
  • Pvt. Chrishaun L. Smith — Miami, Fla. (Jamaica)
  • Pfc. Ransel Celada Ruisanchez — Miami, Fla. (Cuba)
  • Pvt. Jonathan L. Miranda — Miami, Fla. (Cuba)
  • Pfc. Omari C. Christian — Linden, N.J. (St. Martin)
  • Pfc. Jaira T. Ualata — Jacksonville, Fla. (Philippines)
  • Pfc. Jonnie P. Cervania — Chicago, Ill. (Philippines)
  • Pfc. Angelica Gonzalez Santillan — Gilroy, Calif. (Mexico)
  • Pvt. Marlenne N. Meza — San Diego, Calif. (Mexico)
  • Pvt. Adepeju F. Ogundiran — Huntsville, Texas. (Nigeria)

Before earning citizenship, applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the English language and American government, show good moral character and take the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution.

Parris Island has been the site of Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

Approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States .

Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 49 percent of male recruits and all female recruits in the Corps.


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