Two GC residents graduated from US Marine Boot Camp
Last winter two Garden City residents Lance Corporal William Murphy Ilardi and Private First Class Logan Patrick O’Grady became two of the quarantined graduates of the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. Parris Island is the USMC’s eastern recruiting station. After completing the mandatory medical clearance known as MEPS and leaving Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, the two recruits at the time were quarantined for two weeks and arrived at Parris Island to take their places on the legendary footprints. yellow on November 2.sd and November 16e, respectively.
Lance Corporal William Murphy Ilardi, 21, of Garden City graduated from the United States Marine Corps training camp on Friday, Jan. 29.e, 2021. LCpl Ilardi successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD Parris Island in 2sd Bravo Company Battalion, 2004 Platoon During recruit training, Lcpl Ilardi qualified as a sniper. His platoon was Graduation Honor Platoon, and due to his rank in the Young Marines and his Eagle Scout Award, he earned his Private First Class (PFC) diploma. Immediately after graduation, he reported to Camp Geiger, for a month of Maritime Combat Training (MCT), then to Goodfellow Air Force Base for Military Vocational Specialty School (MOS) for four months. After attaining the rank of Lance Corporal, he currently serves actively with the 2sd Radio Battalion at Camp LeJeune as Special Communications Signal Collection Operator / Analyst 2621, where he continues his studies.
LCpl Ilardi is a long-time resident of Garden City, a 2013 graduate of St. Joseph’s School and a 2017 graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School. He interrupted his studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as a Homeland Security Specialist, while serving. He is the son of Steven and Marie Ilardi.
Private First Class, Logan Patrick O’Grady, 19, of Garden City graduated from the United States Marine Corps training camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on February 14, 2021. PFC O’Grady completed successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD Parris Island in 1st Battalion, Alpha Company, Platoon 1008. During recruit training, PFC O’Grady qualified as a sniper. Immediately after graduation, he reported to Camp LeJeune for two months with the Infantry Training Battalion (ITB). PFC O’Grady is currently a Marine Corps Reservist with 2/25 Weapons Company in Garden City. As 0331, Machine Gunner, in the CAAT Platoon and Team Leader. He was recently selected for a UAS course in May 2022 to become a section drone operator.
PFC O’Grady is a longtime Garden City resident and a 2020 Garden City High School graduate. He is currently pursuing a BA in History from St. John’s University. He is the son of Terrence and Patricia O’Grady.
The two new Marines were to complete the Crucible, which is widely known as a ruthless 54-hour event in which their training is implemented in simulated combat situations. In addition to walking 54 miles, recruits must carry 45 pounds of equipment, successfully complete 36 warrior stations, and 29 team-building exercises in just 6 hours of sleep, during which mock combat exercises take place. continue, and 2 rationed meals. the two and a half day event. Upon completion, recruits receive their coveted eagle, globe and anchor and take the USMC Oath, to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. LCpl Ilardi and PFC O’Grady both come from families with a tradition of military service. They and their families are deeply grateful for the support they and their new Marines have received from their schools and their village. They are both graduates of the USMC’s Delayed Entry Program (DEP) from the Hempstead, NY recruiting office, and both trained under SSgts Garner and Little. Semper Fidelis; Always faithful.