Son Graduating Military Training Honored By Late Dad's Platoon

A son graduating bootcamp was surprised by his late father's Marine platoon turning up to his graduation, fulfilling his dying wish. Two days after Jacob Enderle had been dropped off at bootcamp in San Diego, California, dad Brian started to get sick, and after multiple tests was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Brian, 48, was Jacob's hero, having served in the U.S. Marines from 1994 to 1997, and the family kept his diagnosis from Jacob for a small period to allow him to settle. But after just a six-week battle with his illness, which saw his cancer spread, Brian passed away on November 4, 2022. The family were devastated, and ahead of Jacob's graduation on December 11, 2022, the 19-year-old kept thinking about how he wished his father could be there to see him. Having gone through the formalities at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Jacob headed to meet his mom and his sister, Angela Luna, 28, who was capturing the day on video. At the graduation, Angela had received a tap on her shoulder, where a person asked, "Are you Enderle?" Then, suddenly, the rest of Brian's platoon showed up, ready to congratulate Jacob on his achievement. The group had met for a reunion trip in Reno, Texas, a few months earlier, Angela said, but Brian was unable to make it because of his illness. And so, the platoon banded together to be there for Jacob, knowing that Brian's last wish was to be there for his graduation.