American Badass

I am constantly amazed by the fortitude and willpower shown by so many wounded soldiers.

Minutes into his first major firefight outside the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the young Army officer was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade. His face and body were mangled by shrapnel. One small metal shard caused the most damage: It tore through Skelton’s right cheek, obliterated the roof of his mouth and exited through his left eye socket.

Six years have passed since that night in November 2004, on the eve of Operation Phantom Fury, the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war. But after more than 60 surgeries, Skelton is back on the battlefield, this time in Afghanistan, where he is believed to be the Army’s most badly wounded soldier who has returned to command troops in combat.


Via War News Updates