Army Pvt. Samuel J. Deardeuff has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Deardeuff is the son of Vicki and Sam Deardeuff of Coarsegold and a 2006 graduate of Yosemite High School.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.