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John is a Long Island native who grew up in Rocky Point, NY. After High School John attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School and upon completion entered the United States Military Academy.
Thomas Parker was born and raised in Ronan, Montana. Shortly after graduating high school in 2009, Tommy joined the United States Marine Corps. After finishing Infantry training, Tommy was sent to be a rifleman with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment.
Upon arrival at his unit, he then deployed to the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in late September 2010 to engage in counter insurgency operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.During his third month in Afghanistan, on December 11 2010, LCPL Parkers deployment was cut short after he was severely injured from an improvised explosive device. The blast amputated his right leg slightly above the knee and his left leg at the hip, along with four of the fingers on his left hand, leaving only his thumb. After returning to the United States, Tommy spent the remainder of his service in the Marine Corps rehabilitating at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA rehabilitating his injuries. He is now pursuing a degree in social linguistics at the University of Montana.