Stories of Honor: Liermann wanted order and he got it through service

Sydni Geisler

Before Tanner Liermann was a student at the University of Montana, he was a Marine. 

In January 2017, 18-year-old Liermann didn’t know what was next for him. After seeing a friend of his graduate from the Marine Corps boot camp, he decided to give it a shot. “I was like ‘OK, I need to do something,'” Liermann explained. “I was on a path to nowhere.”

Liermann chose the Marines with the intention of joining the hardest branch. After boot camp, he went through the Marine Combat Training Battalion, a 29-day course for non-infantry Marines. From there, he became a generator mechanic. 

Within the first two years of Liermann’s time as a Marine, he served overseas in both Japan and Australia. Liermann served as a part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The MEU is a quick-response force that is prepared to handle unexpected conflict around the world, but in Liermann’s case, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. 

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