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The Whitman family gathered in South Carolina Sept. 20 to celebrate Pvt. Gregory Whitman’s graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. Gregory’s older brother, Christopher Whitman, and brother-in-law, Jacob Faulkner, also serve in the Marines. Posing in front of the Marine Corps memorial at Paris Island recruit depot are, from left, Lance Cpl. Jacob Faulkner, 21, and his wife, Bridgett Whitman Faulkner, 21; Olivia Whitman, 14; Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Whitman, 31, his daughter, Daveny Whitman, 4, and wife Jessica Whitman, 33, Carole Whitman, 20, and Pvt. Gregory Whitman, 18.
CLEARWATER – The Whitmans have committed their lives to serving their country and community.

Clearwater residents Phil and Lauren Whitman, who have both served as St. Petersburg firefighters, gathered their family in South Carolina to celebrate the graduation of their second son, Gregory, from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp on Sept. 20.

“We were very fortunate to have all of our family at the graduation,” said Lauren Whitman.

Pvt. Gregory Whitman, 18, is a 2013 Largo High School graduate and the third member of his family to join the Marines.

His brother, Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Whitman, 31, has served as a Marine for 13 years, earning a Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart. A Clearwater High School graduate in 2000, Christopher currently is stationed at Camp Geiger in North Carolina, serving as an instructor to instructors of the Infantry Training Battalion.

Their brother-in-law, Lance Cpl. Jacob Faulkner, 21, graduated from Largo High School and has served three years in the Marines. He currently serves as a ceremonial marcher at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

Lauran Whitman said that she and her three daughters Bridgett Faulkner, 21; Carole Whitman, 20, and Olivia Whitman, 14, “are so proud of the incredible sacrifice and call to service that has been such an important part of our family.”

Lauren Whitman was a firefighter/paramedic for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. Her husband, Lt. Phil Whitman, a 28-year veteran of the department, was the 2011 Fire Officer of the Year.
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