Mission Accomplished August 21, 2010
Army CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos
Army CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos was deployed to Iraq in December 2007, returning from a ten day mission when he lost both of his legs in the city of Iskandariah. While leading his team on foot in support of an air assault mission, car bombs and a weapons cache were discovered and destroyed, securing the area for troop activities. Roadside bombs were encountered on the return trip to base and the convoy was diverted for security purposes.
While maneuvering around the suspected bomb, the truck which was carrying CPL Leon-Barrientos rolled over a pressure plated bomb causing an explosion to rip through the vehicle. Sitting directly behind the driver, Wesley lost his left leg and right foot in the blast and suffered severe calf injuries as well as a broken jaw. After being airlifted by a Blackhawk Chopper, CPL Leon-Barrientos fell unconscious and awoke two days later in Germany where he was stabilized for transport to Walter Reed.
Before his injuries, CPL Leon-Barrientos enjoyed all types of contact sports and practiced Martial Arts. He also loved to hunt. He hopes to one day become a Crime Scene Investigator or detective.
Thank you to all who supported the CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos project! We could not have completed this home without your help!