Pvt. Orlando Lira has graduated from Marine basic training at MCRD in San Diego, Calif.

During the 13 weeks of training, the Marine studied the Marine Corps history, Articles of the Code of Conduct, Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also studied the Law of Land Welfare, USMC Corps Values (honor, courage and commitment), physical and field training, and received rifle sharpshooter training.

The Marine is a 2007 graduate of Orange Grove High School.

He is the son of Tito and Veronica Lira of Banquete. Lira has one brother, Gabriel Ybarra of Robstown, and two sisters, Samantha and Jennifer, of Banquete.

He is also the grandson of Tito and Paula Lira of Orange Grove and Mary and the late Hector Velasquez of Robstown.

Army Pfc. Charles E. Young III has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

The soldier is the son of Charles E. Young Jr. of Piedra Creek Drive in Corpus Christi.

Young is also a 1998 graduate of Calallen High School.