Wilton family disappointed by Hurricane Dorian's path, Marines' communication

September 05, 2019 07:17 PM

WILTON - Jared Fisher, 19, aced the rigorous Marine boot camp at Parris Island and was chosen his platoon's "Ironman" for his superior physical fitness.

Jared's only wish was that his family, with its proud Marine tradition, would be at his graduation this week to celebrate with him.


It was planned for Friday, but when Hurricane Dorian began a track toward South Carolina, the Marine Corps decided without notifying families until it was too late to get there, that a makeshift ceremony would be held Monday night.

"Just not the same. Quick ceremony. We graduated in camos and boots, all soaked. Usually, you're in your dress blues," said Private Fisher.

Jared's father, Dave, was a U.S. Marine who served in Somalia, Dave's father was a Marine crew chief and door gunner in Vietnam.

Their Marine pride is on full display at their Wilton home with a Marine Corps flag hanging from the pole in their front yard.

So it's no surprise the Fishers, Dave and wife, Kris, and Dave's mother, had long planned to be at Jared's graduation. They made shirts and signs, booked flights to South Carolina, rented a car and a home.

However, Dorian had other plans.

"I understand the situation. The weather you know, Mother Nature, she rules all. Yeah, I'm very disappointed," Dave said.

The Fishers are also disappointed in what they call the Marines' lack of communication, both regarding graduation and telling their son when he had to be picked up.

When they first told him he had 24 hours to vacate, he called his parents right away and they loaded up the car for the 15-hour drive to Parris Island.

However, a few hours into their trip, they learned they had just 12 hours. They're thankful that another family grabbed Jared before they could get there. Dave saying Thursday after driving back from South Carolina with his wife and son, "You gotta speak to the parents."

However, in true Marine fashion, the Fishers aren't letting the circumstances tarnish the accomplishment.

"I'll always have regrets not being able to be there for him, but he's going to have other events in his life where we're going to be able to attend."

The Fishers plan to make it to Jared's graduation from the School of Infantry later this year.

On the bright side, the earlier graduation means more time at home for Private Fisher. "I feel good now that I can call myself a Marine."


Mark Mulholland

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