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Local graduate completes basic training

Army Pfc. Matthew Murphy has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, 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.

Murphy is the son of Robert Murphy of Highway East, Fredericktown.

He is a 2008 graduate of Fredericktown High School. He earned an associate degree in 2010 from ITT Technical Institute, Arnold.

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