Before the joining the Marine Corps, Todd aspired to become an architect as he grew up bouncing back and forth between South Carolina and Rhode Island. At 18-years-old, Todd enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997, but didn’t travel far to attend boot camp at Parris Island. Following Marine Corps boot camp, he attended various schools end up where he ultimately attained the Military Occupation Skill (MOS) as an Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) crewman. In the following years he deployed multiple times to Okinawa, Japan, with the 31stMarine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from 1998-2002. During the time he was deployed to the southeastern region that brought him to several different countries. He returned to Camp Pendleton, California, to work in the Amphibious Assault Schools Battalion as an instructor.
One More Wave’s Ambassador of Stoke – Buster Kawasaki – grew up in Hawaii and after high school enlisted in the Army to travel the world and serve his country. He served as a Fuel & Electrical Systems Repairman for eight years where he worked on building the small components of engines. Buster’s service led him to New Jersey, Maryland, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Germany.
Tony never had any aspirations to join the military, since his uncle served in Vietnam and later became a POW (Prisoner Of War) and still remains MIA (Missing In Action) to this day. While growing up in a small suburb called Littleton, located just outside of Denver, Colorado, Tony was an all-sport athlete. In his early years he played soccer and skied the snowy mountains of the countryside, but when he entered high school he ventured into contact sports like football, rugby, and wrestling. After graduating from high school he attended college for a year and a half and moved out to Kansas with his then-girlfriend at the time. He worked odd jobs, had a kid, and realized he needed more stability in his life.
When first meeting Pete, one will immediately feel comfortable around his outgoing and fun presence. It’s hard not to smile because his personality is contagious. Growing up as he describes as a normal upbringing in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Pete was an avid wrestler. After working for a few years after high school and preparing for military service, Pete enlisted in the Marines at the age of 20 in 2003 as a mechanic. Two years later he was serving in Fallujah, Iraq, as a crew chief with responsibilities of recovering damaged vehicles on dangerous missions.