A third-generation Marine from New Bloomfield has returned to see his family for the holidays after graduating from bootcamp December 20.
20 year-old Dalton Reuter said the experience of going to bootcamp was an enjoyable experience.
"I actually didn't think of it as bootcamp," Reuter said. "I just thought of it as waking up and something to do. People get scared of it... I actually had fun with it. I took the good, I took the bad, I made it through."
Reuter has followed a proud family tradition. His father and grandfather were both Marines, making Dalton Reuter a third-generation Marine. Reuter's grandfather Frank Livingston said seeing his grandson graduate bootcamp was one of his proudest moments.
"I was in bootcamp 49 years ago, His dad was in bootcamp 29 years ago," Livingston said. "We got to see him graduate this time. That's quite a few years of difference."
"I am very proud of him. He may not have noticed it, but we've noticed a big chance in him. His bearing, the way he carries himself. He has changed."
Reuter said that he is grateful for the chance to come home and visit his family for Christmas, especially right after graduating bootcamp.
"Coming home, I don't feel any different," Reuter said. "I'll see the same old things, the same old people. What I've gone through, I've just started."
Reuter said becoming a Marine has given him a new appreciation for the freedoms of being a civilian.
"Coming back home, no one is telling you what to do all the time. You have to rely on yourself a lot more. You have to motivate yourself. At bootcamp, you are woken up. Your whole day is scheduled from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep."
Reuter will return to California for some additional training before shipping out to Mississippi for job training. After that, he said, it's off to parts unknown.