The O’Donnell family is no stranger to service.
As Charles O’Donnell graduated from Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a second lieutenant on Dec. 14, he fulfilled the fourth generation of a history of Marines.
Charles’ great grandfather and great uncle served in World War II, his grandfather in Vietnam and his father and uncle in current conflicts.
Charles’ father, Chuck O’Donnell, traveled from Williamsburg, Virginia to visit his son at OCS family day. Chuck served 21 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In honor of his son’s commissioning, he passed on his Marine Corps sword.
“We have the same name and it’s fitting,” Chuck said.
The pair visited The MARINE Shop at Marine Corps Base Quantico to buy a new case for the sword.
“It’s a family heirloom,” Charles said, who graduated from Old Dominion University and will begin The Basic School on Jan. 15.
Chuck said he stops at The MARINE Shop every time he’s at Quantico and knows he’ll be a frequent visitor during his son’s training at TBS.
“I like this place, it’s pretty sharp,” Chuck said.