Mission Accomplished December 16, 2011
SGT Justin Bond
Hanford , CA
Army SGT Justin Bond was shot in both knees during an ambush in Fallujah, Iraq on September 4, 2004, causing injuries so severe that his left leg required amputation above the knee. An active Army veteran, SGT Bond re-enlisted immediately following the attacks on 9/11. On the one year anniversary of the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s Army, the convoy SGT Bond was traveling in was attacked while supporting a Marine unit in the Battle of Fallujah. More than 700 insurgents surrounded the convoy as it was on a mission near the Baghdad Airport, delivering supplies to the Marines on the ground. Rocket propelled grenades, mortars, IED’s small arms fire, and 50 caliber guns were used as the insurgents conducted the ambush which resulted in the capture of one soldier and a civilian contractor, the deaths of a soldier and five civilian contractors, and injuries to many, including those suffered by SGT Bond. Six hours earlier, SGT Bond had been in another attack where he was blown 30 feet and knocked unconscious. Finding himself severely injured during the ambush, SGT Bond was treated by medics who prepared him for transport to the local hospital where he was readied for MEDEVAC to Landstuhl, Germany. Arriving at Walter Reed after being stabilized for transport, Justin spent more than 15 months enduring 34 surgeries to try to save his legs, the last being the amputation of his left leg above the knee. He is now In the process of trying to save his right leg and is looking at future surgeries beginning with a complete knee replacement.