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Live Grenade Pulled Out Of Marines Leg [Video]

Marines Pull Grenade From Leg

When Marine Lance Corporal Winder Perez was attacked by the Taliban in January a live explosive became lodged in his leg and rather than stand by idly his medvac team jumped into action.

Realizing that the explosive device could go off at any second the Marine’s four team members had to unanimously agree to allow him onto their helicopter, something they ultimately agreed to after a bit of trepidation.

Lance Corporal Winder Perez was eventually flown 65-miles to the nearest field hospital while medics aboard the helicopter attempted to tend to his injury without detonating the explosive which would have taken all of their lives.

The explosive device was a foot-long remnant of a rocket propelled grenade and Perez was laying just “18 inches” away from 300 gallons of jet aviation fuel as he was flown for medical attention.

Once the medivac team arrived at the hospital an explosives expert worked on the injury outside of the hospital where they wrenched the RPG from his leg.

Perez is now recovering at Walter Reed medical hospital.

Not only was the life saving decision a unanimous decision based on selfless motives from his team, the rescue was caught on tape and posted on YouTube. Here is the description of the video:

In this video, filmed January 2012 in Afghanistan, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center Nurse Lt. Cmdr. James Gennari (right) provides medical support while Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Summerfield (left) removes an unexploded rocket propelled grenade from the leg of Marine Cpl. Winder Perez.

Given the circumstances and potential of losing your own life could you make the same decision and allow someone with a live explosive device onto your helicopter?

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9 Responses to “Live Grenade Pulled Out Of Marines Leg [Video]”

  1. Bill McLean

    Do You let Him onto Your Helicopter? Hell Yeah You do. There is no conversation about it. Who asked that question? Pack Him and go. Geez…And I'm from the Vietnam Era. Maybe We wernt so politically correct then. Guys bled in our birds.

  2. Ricardo J Alexander

    They unanimously agreed to let him on the helicopter….what happen to the saying, "Leave No Man Behind", regardless if it meant your life…bottom line!

  3. Maureen Murphy

    ditto ricardo: no man left behind policy. its not a debate.

  4. Kathleen M. Gause

    That is what TEAM WORK is all about. No man left behind. Go Marines. I am proud of all of you. Thank you for your service to our country. May God Bless all of you.

  5. Carolyn Biggers

    LEAVE NO ONE PERSON BEHIND! TAKE THAT RISK TO SAVE LIVES. BUT IT WAS JESUS CHRIST WHO STOOD NEAR BY AND SAVE THEM ALL GLORY BE TO GOD! WELL DONE SOLDIERS…..WELL DONE! I"D DONE THE SAME IN A WORST CASE SENERIO……. WE JUST HAVE TO DIE TOGETHER.

  6. Marty Jennings

    What a great effort by combined forces (Army, Navy, Marines). You guys are all tough as nails and are heroes in my book!

  7. Marty Jennings

    What a great effort by combined forces (Army, Navy, Marines). You guys are all tough as nails and are heroes in my book!