Cherry Point Young Marine receives recognition


Alexander Messmer, who belongs to the Cherry Point Young Marines organization, has been named the Division Three Young Marine of the Year and could be named the National Young Marine of the Year.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 04:22 PM.

Alexander Messmer wants to set an example for others that rises above and beyond.

Messmer, 18, who is sergeant major of the Cherry Point Young Marines, was recently named Division Three Young Marine of the Year.

The Early College East student calls the distinction “an incredible honor.”

“At first it was kind of an unbelievable moment, and after that I became extremely grateful for having that position,” said Messmer. “Not everyone can say they’ve been Young Marine of the Year. You can only go up for it once. When you do get named out of the six other Marines that were there, I was really grateful for what they gave me.”

Messmer will represent six Southeastern states in competing against six other regional Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine at the adult leaders’ conference for Young Marines in June in Washington. Messmer will have to answer questions about his duties and current events.

It’s going to be a big year for Messmer, who will graduate this spring and enroll at N.C. State University in the fall to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

Also this year, Messmer will join other division Young Marines of the Year for a trip to Hawaii, Guam and Iwo Jima where he will participate in a major documentary on the interaction between the Young Marines and World War II veterans who fought at Iwo Jima. Messmer looks forward to hiking up Mt. Suribachi while he is at the site of one of the most notable battles of the war in the Pacific.

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