Zerbin Singleton is a former slotback for Navy. He graduated from the academy 2008, and is now a Marine first lieutenant. Soon, he will receive his pilot’s wings, and he ultimately is aiming to fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming an astronaut.
That’s enough to make him a special story. But Singleton’s journey before entering the military is difficult as any you’ll ever hear, making what he’s achieved in his life all the more impressive.
Singleton grew up without his father. His mom had drug problems, and after one of her arrests, Singleton was moved from his home in Alaska to live with relatives in Georgia. Through all that, he managed to excel in school and athletics and get accepted to the Naval Academy. But injuries sustained in car accident caused by a drunk driver put his USNA dreams on hold. Singleton’s father, with whom Zerbin finally managed to form a relationship with as a teenager, committed suicide not long after.
Watch this CNN clip, and hear Singleton tell his incredible story in his own words:
For more background, check out this 2007 story from ESPN.com.