Before passing away in a car accident on January 2, the late and honorable Gunnery Sgt. Gober recruited 27 locals to the Marine Corps while working in Beckley.
One of them, was 27-year-old Anthony Bell.
Bell was working with JanCare Ambulance Services in Beckley, until the day he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a United States Marine. That is when he walked into the recruiting station on Eisenhower Drive to meet Sgt. Gober, who sat down and explained what the first step of this journey would be.
Bell said he then had to consider that joining the Marines meant leaving his beloved girlfriend and family in Beckley for 13 weeks to attend boot camp in Parris Island.
“I actually went in and talked to him and told him that I wanted to kind of think about it and see some of my options,” Bell said. “He did that; he gave me time and just let me make my decision.”
With support from the most important people in his life, Bell is now completing the phases of recruit training, transforming from a small town boy to someone with more opportunities than he has ever known.
“It’s just a lot better than being back home.” Bell said. “There are just a lot more opportunitites, you can make a life for yourself and a future family.”
Major Charles Miller is the Commanding Officer for recruiting stations in parts of the two Virginias and Tennesee, and said that making opportunities available for people like Bell, is what the Marine Corps is all about.
“All we want to do is present them with other opportunities out there and pathways in life that can provide them with better chances and something they’re going to enjoy doing,” Maj. Miller said.