Known by his nickname “Jerms,” Lt. McGraw was a student in the MacArthur School of Leadership at PBA, while serving as a Marine reservist, part of the 4th ANGLICO unit in West Palm Beach. Lt. McGraw died on Sept. 10, 2009, during a training exercise in Central Florida while serving his country at age 22. Just prior to his death, Lt. McGraw earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from PBA. He was due to walk at the December commencement services. Instead, his mother, Juanita, received his PBA diploma posthumously to a standing ovation.