I attended Boot Camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, and graduated in March of 1966. That March, I made the second ITR in Camp Pendleton, and I also followed in the mountains of Sierra Nevada the course of "Survival, Evasion, Resistance to Interrogation, and Escape". In July I graduated in the MCRD as "Drill Instructor".
After his successful training at MCRD, SGT Major Cordova returned to his home country Peru where he reached the grade of "Sargento Mayor" (Seargent Major) of the "Fuerza de Infanteria de Marina (IMAP)" The Peruvian Marines.
During the past three (03) years I has been serving as staff member of the Baghdad Embassy Security Force (BESF) project, contracted by Triple Canopy for providing guard force services as "General Supervisor – All Posts", and in such position I assists in protecting the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, in Iraq.
And in this e-mail I'll add you the some pics of the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Baghdad Iraq; I attend this party the as the Oldest Marine. In the pictures:
GySgt Matthew Bement
US Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill
Mr. David Cordova Cruz – the Oldest Marine (I'm wearing the light brown uniform)
Corporal Denae Zamaripa – the Youngest Marine