Southington High grad serves as rescue swimmer on U.S. Navy cruiser in Japan

Southington High grad serves as rescue swimmer on U.S. Navy cruiser in Japan

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A Southington native is the rescue swimmer and a hospital corpsman aboard a U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser in Japan.

Seaman Brandon Corjulo, a 2011 Southington High School graduate, serves aboard the USS Chancellorsville, one of three cruisers deployed in Yokosuka, Japan, according to a statement issued Monday by the Navy’s Office of Community Outreach.

He is responsible for rescue and recovery missions, humanitarian assistance and operational support.

“Growing up I learned that doing something right the first time means you don’t have to do it again which goes a long way in the Navy,” Corjulo said in the statement.

Approximately 300 men and women serve on the ship. They do everything from maintaining gas turbine engines and operating a sophisticated weapons system to driving the ship and operating small boats.

“My grandfather served in the Air Force during World War II,” Corjulo said. “Seeing his character, I was inspired to join the Navy and carry on the tradition. I’m proud that I’m able to be the rescue swimmer for our ship. I’m also honored that I got accepted to be a hospital corpsman and I’m ready for the next chapter.”


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