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Marine Corps hopeful loses 186 pounds in preparation for recruit training


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The Marine Corps' newest recruit is used to overcoming obstacles, not the least of which was losing 186 pounds in order to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a Marine.

Gabriel Mendez Ramirez was just a kid when he first saw a Marine officer in a crowded restaurant in southern California, according to Sgt. Bernadette Plouffe with the 12th Marine Corps District.


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