A few weeks before our 2011 Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony, a young Navy JROTC Cadet named Michael Raiford from Heritage High School in Conyers Georgia expressed a desire to hand out programs, escort guests to their seats, and make sure all our Pearl Harbor Survivors and their families had plenty of water. Having known him his entire life, I was more than happy to have him help. I must say he did a great job. Here’s a picture showing Michael in his JROTC uniform.
Navy JROTC Cadet Michael Raiford, 2011
Michael went on to attend the US Naval Academy, majoring in economics. He’s earned three varsity letters as a member of the academy’s football team. However, the real reason I’ve included him in this report is to ensure everyone knows he’s now graduated from the US Naval Academy and received a commission in the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. He plans to join SDPHS as an associate member. I’m so proud of the man he’s become; always willing to serve others.
2nd Lieutenant Michael Raiford
United States Marine Corps
Class of 2018
Here’s a few more pics of Michael and the family..