It was a bit of a surprise to his family and others around him when Jon Charest decided to enlist in the Marines after he finished high school in Connecticut in 1999. He came from a family of pastors and missionaries, and he did not fit the stereotype of the people who opted to become Marines.
"I was a tall, skinny kid - not the typical Marine," he says. "It was a shock to a lot of people when that was what I decided to do."
But his parents[...] READ MORE