He survived cancer and the Crucible. After 956 days as a recruit, he’s finally a Marine
Lance Cpl. Caleb Eudy first stepped on the yellow footprints in 2016, and on April 26, he’ll finally depart Parris Island, South Carolina as a United States Marine. Though recruit training is typically just three months long, for Eudy it was an uphill battle that took 956 days.
Just a month after arriving at boot camp, Eudy was diagnosed with Lymphoma.
“So i just got told I had a cancer, how do you react to that?” Eudy said in a Marine Corps video by Cpl. Andrew Neumann that chronicled his lengthy journey to become a Marine. “Most people don’t know what that’s like, ever. It’s like ‘hey you’ve got a deadly disease.’ Do you say ‘thank you?’ Do you just stand there and stare? Do you cry?”
After his cancer was diagnosed, Eudy returned home to Alabama to serve with a reserve artillery unit in Huntsville, roughly 30 miles from his hometown of Arab. From there, he underwent cancer treatment, and fought to keep from being medically separated from the Marine Corps.
Caleb Eudy, with Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, boxes during the company’s Crucible, on April 12.
U.S. Marine Corps /Warrant Officer Bobby Yarbrough
“I was like, I just need to stay in the Marine Corps,” Eudy said in the clip. “The Marine Corps can do a lot of things for me and I think I can do a lot of great things in the Marine Corps as well, and I figure I should fight for it.”
Eudy’s battle with cancer lasted two years before it went into complete remission.
“He was ready to get all the chemo over with, get …read more
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