DeLandite Pfc. Joseph Hazzard serves in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed in South Korea. After a year away, he is visiting family for the Fourth of July and his birthday. Hazzard’s wife and high-school sweetheart, Ashley Hazzard, is also pregnant with the couple’s first child. She is…

Lino A. Rivera was sworn into the Navy on July 20, 2020. He is currently attending the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in the Electrician’s Mate Nuclear (EMN) track. EMNs are responsible for the operation of the electrical-power generation systems, lighting systems, and electrical equip…

Hunter K. Clay was born in Wooster, Ohio, but, when he was 1 year old, he moved to DeLand, where he lived with his mom and sister and attended elementary, middle and high school.

Marco F. Rivera was sworn into the Navy on July 30, 2018. His rate is Electronics Technician Nuclear (ETN3). ETNs operate and perform maintenance on the electronic systems that run the nuclear reactor on Navy ships and submarines.

Not much is known about Robert Tatum’s life or his time in the military, only that he was a part of the DeLand High School graduating class of 1942.

Leroy Washington, a retired Army veteran who served in Vietnam and a retired postal worker, was a longtime resident of DeLand. Born in Pickens, Mississippi, on May 20, 1948, he graduated from high school in 1966 and, shortly after, enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Marcus A. Figueroa was born and raised in Central Florida and moved to DeLand with his family in 2018. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, he decided to apply to become a naval officer, and was accepted.

Life for Charles James began in 1923 in Live Oak. He was the eighth of nine children, with an older brother and seven sisters. Life required a lot of hard work, but was full of love, fun and always opportunities for adventures and misadventures.

Donald C. Pritchett grew up in Sanford but moved to DeLand with his fiancée in 2017. Coming from a family where almost everyone had served in the military, Donald knew at an early age that he was going to join the Army one day.

Not everyone gets to be really good at something when they’re only 18 months old, or turn that something into Olympic dreams and a career in special operations. But that’s the trajectory DeLand native Kameron Westerberg is on in the U.S. Navy.