Marine Corps

August 3, 2012

50,000th Devil Pup Graduates on Pendleton

Story and photos by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca
MCB Camp Pendleton
Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, shakes hands with Benjamin Hulbert, the 50,000th Devil Pup graduate, during the Devil Pups graduation ceremony on Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area Parade Deck, July 28.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.   —  A graduation ceremony was held for the nation’s newest Devil Pups at Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area Parade Deck, July 28.

Among the students in the graduating class was the 50,000th graduate of the program, Benjamin Hulbert, a 15-year-old San Diego native, also the great grandson of retired Marine Corps Colonel Alexander Duncan Shaw, the founder of the Devil Pups program.

“Ever since I was 8-years-old, I’ve always had that urge to be out on the parade deck and become a devil pup,” said Hulbert. “My grandfather started this program because he wanted the teenagers of our country to have a more profound pride in the country they live in.”

The program began in 1954 after Shaw heard about burnings of the American Flag. It was then he realized teens of America needed more pride and discipline to help secure a successful future.


Devil Pups present arms to the reviewing officer during their graduation ceremony on Camp Pendleton’s 52 Area Parade Deck, July 28.

“I feel like a better citizen,” said Hulbert. “I would recommend it to anyone 14 to 17-years-old, anyone doubting themselves, going through a hard time or just needing something to strive for.”

A rewarding experience made to impact hundreds of lives each summer is not an easy task to accomplish in only 10 days. With the help of Marine escorts (instructors), these adolescents are instilled with American values that will last a lifetime.

The pups are taught self-respect, discipline, responsibility and more. After an astonishing transformation these Devil Pups return to society as better citizens and improved individuals.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



Raytheon, U.S. Army complete first AI3 guided flight test series

Raytheon and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first guided test vehicle flight series of the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative program at Yuma Proving Ground, Aris. The series consisted of two flight tests against different target profiles. In each case after launch, the interceptor initially guided on in-flight radio frequency datalink updates from the fire...

Ospreys support final WTI exercise

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Zachary Scanlon A MV-22 Osprey refuels from the back of a KC-130 over the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Ranges near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 23.
Marine Corps photograph by Top of Form
by Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki

VMGR-252 Hercs support WTI

Marine Corps photograph by Top of Formby Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki A forklift loads gear and supplies onto a Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 KC-130J Hercules at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 22. VMGR-...


SecDef says furlough days reduced for civilians

The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 29. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be...

In Brief – March 22, 2013

U.S. training accident kills seven Marines A Marine Corps official says the seven Marines killed in Nevada died after a 60mm mortar exploded unexpectedly during a training accident, March 18. The Marines immediately issued an indefinite moratorium on firing of all such mortars worldwide until an investigation clears as safe the type of weapon and...
Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian

Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter prepares to make a vertical landing aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 21, 2013. This ma...


Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>