Cpl. Justin McLoud
Marine Cpl. Justin McLoud, deployed with the 3/5 Darkhorse Marines, was on his third deployment when he was left a triple amputee after an IED blast in Sangin, part of the northern Helmand Province of Afghanistan, on December 10, 2010. Periodically taking enemy fire while on foot patrol, Cpl. McLoud had already moved across a bridge when his teammate began to cross and stepped on a pressure plated IED. The blast caused traumatic amputations of both of Cpl. McLoud’s legs above the knees and required the amputation of his left arm due to the extent of his injuries. Airlifted to Camp Leatherneck, crews stabilized Cpl. McLoud for a flight to Landstuhl, Germany. Waking four days later in Bethesda Naval Medical Center he would spend five weeks there before being transferred to Balboa Hospital in San Diego. Enduring more than fifty surgeries, Cpl. McLoud continues his rehabilitation as an out-patient with daily physical therapy at Balboa at this time.
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