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NEWS | Jan. 30, 2019

Twins continue family tradition of service by joining America’s Navy

By Burrell Parmer Navy Recruiting District San Antonio Public Affairs

Continuing a family tradition of military service, fraternal twin sisters Hanna and Halle Von Plueren of San Antonio, are joining America’s Navy.

Hanna, who entered the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program in 2018, was present to witness her sister take the oath of enlistment at the San Antonio Military Entrance Processing Station at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Hosuton Jan. 29.

According to Hanna, a 2018 graduate of Penn Foster High School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, it’s a family tradition to serve.

“My father served in the Marine Corps along with my older brother and uncle, who are both Marines,” said Hanna, who will serve in the Master-at-Arms career field. “I have another brother and sister who served in the Navy, and my grandfather was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran who served in the Army.”

Hanna said that she wanted to fight for freedom, travel the oceans and is happy for her sister.

“I am really excited that my sister decided to join,” Hanna said. “She wanted to have better opportunities and continue in our family line of veterans.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Francisco Sierra, assigned to Navy Recruiting Station North East, Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, recruited both siblings.

It’s great to see family members take the journey together,” Sierra said. “This will be my first set of twins who I have had the pleasure of recruiting.”

For Halle, a 2017 graduate of the Adult Learning Center in San Antonio, it’s about family and becoming a better person.

“I wanted to follow in my family’s footsteps,” Halle said. “I will be able to learn a lot from being in the Navy, which will help better myself.”

According to Halle, both sisters discussed joining the military in May 2018 and visited with Chief Petty Officer Sambath Ham at NRS North East in October 2018.

“They are continuing the legacy and history of service of their family to our nation,” said Ham, the station’s leading chief petty officer. “I wish them nothing but success in our Navy.”

Halle will ship to Recruiting Training Command Feb. 19. It is the twins’ desire to attend boot camp as a family.