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Samantha Eddleman: "You Enlist a Marine - You Reenlist a Family"

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In 1991, Samantha Eddleman, originally from Great Britain, was working as a nanny for two naval officers in Hawaii when she met James, a newly enlisted United States Marine. She became a legal permanent resident after she fell in love and married her husband two years later.

Samantha Eddleman receives congratulations from Col. Lecce after becoming a US citizen on July 4 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Samantha Eddleman receives congratulations from Col. Lecce after becoming a US citizen on July 4 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

She and the growing Eddleman family of nine children followed James throughout his Marine career from Hawaii, to Washington State, and finally to North Carolina. They saw him through his 10 deployments, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan and now look forward to seeing him every weekend when he drives the five hours up from his current duty station in South Carolina.

James is now a Master Sergeant (E-8) only six months away from working 20 years in the Marine Corp. He and the nine children, who range in age from 10 months to 16 years, will all be at the naturalization ceremony on Sunday, June 4 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Samantha is looking forward to being able to salute the U.S. flag during the ceremonies she participates in as a Cub Scout Leader. She lives up to the motto - "You enlist a Marine - you reenlist a family."