Caption: Granger Michael graduating as a
Granger Michael, the 25-year-old Papua New Guinean who was last Friday welcomed by
Mr Michael, a former Washington DC-based PNG diplomat whose father is from Dugulaba village on Manam Island in Madang province and mother from Pila Pila village in East New Britain province, is married to Celine from Guava-Dapera village at Panguna, Bougainville.
“We arrived in
“Throughout his upbringing, while on post, he was very interested in all things military and that includes guns, tanks, airplanes and all sorts of military equipment.
“By age 13, his interest peaked and he decided to join the US Air Force's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at his school - Woodrow Wilson High.
“After his year 12 graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps as a fresh recruit at the Marine Corps training depot at
“The 13-weeklong training in combat warfare is the longest in any
“After graduation he was transferred to his first unit at
Mr Michael said from there, his son was sent to
“After six months deployment, he returned to
“He was deployed in
“His third battle deployment was from mid 2007 to early 2008.
“Throughout his three tours of duty, Corporal Granger was an infantry team leader with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion,8th Marines.
“He served in Fallujah, Ramadi and other theaters where his Company was attacked multiple times by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
“Today, he remains in active duty and is assigned to Marine Barracks,
Granger’s 23-year-old brother Leon S Michael, second born after him, is also serving in the US Armed Services as an electrical engineering specialist with the US Air Force.
He is currently attached to the engineering division at Travis Air Force Base near