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Losing Pounds to Earn Title of Marine

Sgt. Trent Lowry
Regimental Combat Team-5, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Lance Cpl. Allan Desruisseaux plays with his infant son, Michael, before he chose to enlist in the Marine Corps. Desruisseaux lost more than 100 pounds, down from his initial weight of 326 pounds, to enlist in the Corps. He now serves with Provisional Rifle Platoon 3, Regimental Combat Team 5, and spends his off-duty time working out, maintaining a strong physique and looking forward to reuniting with his son.

Lance Cpl. Allan Desruisseaux, a telephone system and personal computer repair technician with Provisional Rifle Platoon 3, Regimental Combat Team 5, covers a window while other Marines clear a building Dec. 4 in Rawah, Iraq. Desruisseaux lost more than 100 pounds in 10 months, graduating Marine Corps recruit training weighing 189 pounds after tipping the scales at 326 pounds. Desruisseaux's dedication to becoming a Marine and his work ethic after joining is an inspiration to the Marines around him.

Lance Cpl. Allan Desruisseaux, a telephone system and personal computer repair technician with Provisional Rifle Platoon 3, Regimental Combat Team 5, patrols the streets of Rawah, Iraq, Dec. 4. Desruisseaux dropped from 326 pounds to his Marine Corps recruit training graduation weight of 189, but is gaining weight back, in the form of solid muscle due to his passion for weightlifting. Desruisseaux's determination to become a Marine and the desire to prove naysayers wrong inspired him to pursue and maintain a high level of physical conditioning.


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