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By LuAnn Schindler

I Refuse To Be A Statistic

Hoffman shares personal battles during Memorial Day address


LuAnn Schindler | SAM

Tribute • Jacob Hoffman, of Vermillion, South Dakota, presents the Memorial Day address, Monday, at St. Dominic's Hall in Ewing. Members of Ewing Sanders American Legion Post 214 presented the program, which included a video, quilt presentation and recitation of "Taps."

Describing life as a Marine Corps recruit, Jacob Hoffman said, "I was broke down mentally, physically and emotionally."

Hoffman shared his experiences as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, based at Camp Pendleton, California, during a Memorial Day address at St. Dominic's Hall in Ewing.

"Once you step on the yellow footprints and walk through the door, you are no longer yourself," Hoffman said as he explained why recruits are trained to talk and think in third person. "You're either going to be a Marine or you're not."

For 13 weeks, Hoffman and fellow recruits were trained to be obed...

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