Cpl Daniel Peterson
While on his second deployment, Marine Sniper, Corporal Daniel Peterson was left a double amputee after an explosion in the Southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan on July 24, 2010. Returning from a classified mission, the Sniper Team was making their way along a tree line while returning to base when a bomb exploded, hurling Cpl Peterson more than ten feet into the air. Landing in the crater created by the explosion, Daniel immediately knew he was seriously injured.
Suffering traumatic amputations to both of his legs, Cpl Peterson also had a fractured pelvis; the broken bones and shrapnel from the blast causing further internal injuries as he awaited aid. Placing tourniquets on his own legs, Cpl Peterson was then treated by the Corpsman as his team carried him away from the tree line and prepared him for the MEDEVAC. Initially transported to Camp Dwyer, a twenty minute helicopter ride, he was later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany before beginning his treatments at multiple hospitals state-side including: Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Palo Alto Rehab Hospital, Balboa Naval Hospital, and Brooke Army Medical Center where he continues receiving therapies at this time.