Frenship graduate follows childhood dream as Marine reservist

Since he was 10, Michael Morales wanted to be a Marine.

Now at 19, the 2007 Frenship High School graduate is Pfc. Michael Morales, a reservist in the United States Marine Corps and may soon serve overseas. Currently living back home in Wolfforth, Morales is a part-time floor mechanic and a recent hire at Convergys, a local customer service call center.

“Ever since I was 10 years old, I wanted to be in the Marines. My great-uncle retired was a master sergeant in the Marine Corps and told me that if I wanted to go into the military, then I ought to be a Marine,” said Morales.

On June 25 he went to Amarillo’s Marine entry processing station and was sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for basic training.

Morales said he decided to be a reservist instead of a full-time Marine so that he could help his family with his younger siblings.

March 7 is his next scheduled drill weekend, and he will know by then whether he will be sent overseas.

He said, “If I receive my orders in March, then I will probably be on active duty for a year and a half to two years because I’m in the reserves. Normal enlisted Marines serve tours that last between six to nine months.”

Morales said he hopes to one day retire from the Marines and possibly teach or coach football.

If he isn’t deployed next month, he said he would like to enroll at South Plains College and take the prerequisite classes for nursing. 

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