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John Barto


John Barto

Veteran Spotlight (2015)

For John Barto, enlisting in the Marines at the age of 18 was a family tradition. He was a third generation infantry marine who followed the footsteps of his grandfather and father.

After 20 years in the service, Barto decided to enroll at Norco College to pursue a career in nursing. His goal is to work at a VA hospital helping other veterans.

“Moving from military life to college life is like entering an unfamiliar world,” he said. “I was nervous at first, but I adapted because it is important for me to get my education and set an example for my children.”

Barto retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He deployed seven times with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Combat Action Ribbon from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

“I am beyond grateful for my family’s love and support,” he said. “My military run has been a great experience for us because we’ve learned the importance of loyalty, respect and trust.”