Lieutenant John Sandoval

John Sandoval joined the Marines at the outbreak of the Dominion War, but was injured on the battlefield and returned to Earth for medical rehabilitation. Always a learner, he resumed a paused university education and eventually earned a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree, and a Doctorate in history, focussing on the wars of Earth immediately pre-Federation. He joined Starfleet and serves as a diplomatic officer aboard the USS Pandora.

History

John Benjamin Sandoval was born and raised in the city of Toronto, on the North American continent of Earth.  As a youth, he spent much of his time reading whatever he could find, and developed a deep love of military history.  His parents encouraged him, and even managed to identify ancestors of his who fought in the Klingon War, the Earth-Romulan War, World Wars I and III, and even as far back as the War of 1812.  He read about as many historical figures as possible, idolizing them as war heroes.  He was enamored with the idea of going off to war and fighting to defend ones values and way of life.

At the end of secondary school, Sandoval enrolled at the University of Toronto’s Department of History as an undergraduate student. He began the 2373 academic year and finished the first semester just as the Dominion War began. Inspired by his personal connection with his ancestors who served in countless wars, as well as the historical figures he spent his youth reading about, he put his studies on hold and enlisted in the Starfleet Marine Corps.

After three months of boot camp, Sandoval was posted to the Marine Transport USS Belleau Wood, from which he was deployed on numerous worlds. In mid-2374, his unit was stationed on Betazed when the Dominion invaded the peaceful world. Though Starfleet and the Marines were forced to retreat, Sandoval helped hold the line as fellow Marines and civilians evacuated to the Belleau Wood. His actions in earned him a promotion to full Private First Class.

The USS Belleau Wood was part of the landing force at Chin’toka during the Federation’s first offensive against Dominion space. However, his shuttle was damaged by anti-air fire and crashed to the planet. Sandoval was one of the few survivors, but his back and left leg were seriously injured. Sandoval was returned to Earth for medical rehabilitation. After multiple surgeries, artificial muscle tissue, and months of physiotherapy, he was able to walk again, but he could not return to the war. While being rehabilitated, he did extensive reading, and when he returned to the University of Toronto for the start of the 2375 academic year, he was given credit for his first year’s missed semester.

In 2378, he was transferred to King’s College London’s Department of History to complete a Master’s degree and later a Doctorate, focussing on military history on pre-Federation Earth, with a focus on the war against the Xindi and efforts to eliminate the terrorist organization known as Terra Prime. During his time in London, he took some time with therapists and learned some important truths about himself. First, having seen war first-hand and having read so many accounts from those he considered great war heroes, he learned it was not appropriate to glorify war. One should instead do everything possible to prevent violent conflict, and only fight as a last resort. Second, in his role as occasional instructor at King’s College London, he learned the teaching side of academia was not for him. He loved reading and studying, but also needed to be out in the real galaxy.  A number of his former history/humanities/social science classmates had gone on to become diplomats in either the civilian arena or Starfleet, and he was convinced he could do the same.

Sandoval applied to join Starfleet, with a view to becoming a Diplomatic Officer on a starship. Though his back and leg still caused him occasional pain, he was able to pass the necessary physical tests, and Starfleet officials acknowledged his time in the Marines and his academic career. He was immediately brought to the senior year, where it was crucial that he learn about starship operations and the niceties of the diplomatic world.

After graduation, Sandoval served as a diplomatic officer for three years aboard USS Saturn. In 2389, he was transferred to USS Pandora to fill the role of Chief Diplomatic Officer.

Service Record

Start End Rank Role Assignment
23732373
Undergraduate studentUniversity of Toronto, Department of History
23732374
Private
Marine RecruitStarfleet Marine Corps Boot Camp
23742374
Private
Marine1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment (Infantry), 3rd Marine Division, operating out of USS Belleau Wood (LKA-343)
23742374
Private First Class
Marine1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment (Infantry), 3rd Marine Division, operating out of USS Belleau Wood (LKA-343)
23752378
Undergraduate StudentUniversity of Toronto, Department of History
23782385
Graduate StudentKing's College London, Department of History
23852386
Cadet Senior Grade
CadetStarfleet Academy
23862389EnsignDiplomatic OfficerUSS Saturn (NCC-28400)
23872389Lieutenant Junior GradeChief Diplomatic OfficerUSS Saturn
2389LieutenantChief Diplomatic OfficerUSS Pandora