David D. Taylor II, son David D. Taylor of French Creek and Rebecca E. Taylor of Gulfport, Fla., completed basic training Feb. 1 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He was assigned to Platoon 2009 of the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion's Hotel Company. He successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Taylor and his fellow recruits began their training each day at 5 a.m., by running 3 miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, he spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Taylor also received instructions on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage and commitment, and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. He and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the Crucible, a 54-hour team effort and problem solving evolution. After graduation from Parris Island, he will be stationed at Camp Geiger in North Carolina for five weeks of combat training before beginning additional training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Taylor is a 2009 graduate of West Port High School in Ocala, Fla.