ROSELLE - A U.S. Marine who was a star athlete at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark received a special homecoming and a distinct honor from his alma mater.

Michael Brattole was a standout hockey player who went on to join the Marines. Brattole was severely wounded in a grenade attack in Afghanistan in November 2006.

After four surgeries and more than two years of recovery, Brattole was on hand not only to skate at his high school’s alumni game, but to also have his number retired by the school.

Current and former players were on hand to celebrate the distinct honor for Brattole. He says everything has been a series of chasing his dreams. He dreamt of playing varsity hockey and joining the Marines, and he’s done both.

Now, Brattole is pursuing a new dream of becoming a firefighter in Linden.

Brattole is the recipient of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps commendation medal for his actions in Afghanistan. He was honored with the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle.