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Missing Wisconsin Marine wanted to enlist at young age

This US Marine Corps handout photo shows Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Joseph Rivera, a search and rescue swimmer assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), looking out of a US Navy MH-60 Seahawk while conducting search and rescue relief operations following an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle mishap off the coast of Southern California on July 30, 2020.Mackenzie Binion/US Marine Corps / AFP - Getty Images
This US Marine Corps handout photo shows Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class Joseph Rivera, a search and rescue swimmer assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8), looking out of a US Navy MH-60 Seahawk while conducting search and rescue relief operations following an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle mishap off the coast of Southern California on July 30, 2020.Mackenzie Binion/US Marine Corps / AFP - Getty Images(nbc news)
Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 7:17 PM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) - The mother of a Wisconsin Marine missing after a training exercise off the Southern California coast says her son wanted to be a Marine when he was young and enlisted as soon as he could.

Pfc. Evan Bath, of Oak Creek, a 19-year-old rifleman, is among the eight troops missing and presumed dead after their landing craft sank last week. Bath joined the Marines in July 2019.

His mother, Aleta Bath of East Troy, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel her only child decided at a young age that he wanted to join the Marines “and that was the only way.” She attended his boot camp graduation in San Diego last year.

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