She Was Born In a Russian Prison and Became A US Marine

Maria Daume, was born in a Russian prison and brought to Long Island, N.Y., at the age of 4 when she and her twin brother were adopted.

Maria Daume, was born in a Russian prison and brought to Long Island, N.Y., at the age of 4 when she and her twin brother were adopted. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas

First female infantry marines are about to graduate boot camp in Parris islands, South Carolina. One of them is 18 year old Maria Daume. Her story began in 1999, when she and her twin brother Nikolai were born in a Siberian prison. They lived with their convict mother for two years, until her death. Then, children were transferred to an orphanage. When children were 4 years old, they were adopted by an American family and lived in Long Island, New York.

She had somewhat average childhood, but she had her share of hardship. She was bullied in school for a various reasons. Sometimes, kids used to tease her for being adopted and sometimes, she was bullied for being born in prison. It was a bumpy ride, but it built her character and taught her self-control.

Rct. Maria Daume, Platoon 4001, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, waits for her opponent during body sparring on the Crucible Jan. 5, 2017, on Parris Island, S.C.

“They would say things about my mom and why she was in prison even if no one knew why,” Daume said in a Department of Defense news release. “Bullying was a big thing.”

According to her, that competitive spirit is, what led her to the Marines. And soon, she will be among the first female infantry marines in the US Marine Corps.

Maria Daume, Platoon 4001, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, sights in on a simulated enemy during the Crucible Jan. 5, 2017, on Parris Island, South Carolina.

– via taskandpurpose.com. Photos by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas.

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