Doc ANAH, Iraq (Oct. 11, 2006)

Story by Lance Cpl. Erik Villagran– Navy Seaman Aaron P. Maggard is one strong-jawed sailor.

Maggard, a 26-year-old hospital corpsman from Corsicana , Texas , attached to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, gained the respect of Marines he serves with by treating the wounds of two Marines and an Iraqi soldier. He did it all under fire while ignoring his wounds to his face.

If there were any doubts about the young sailor, they’re gone now.

"He was one of the people we weren’t too sure about how he’d do when we came out here," said 1st Lt. Terry A. Fellows, a 35-year-old platoon commander from Avon , N.Y. "Since we’ve arrived, though, he has done a great job. He has really stepped up."

Maggard’s abilities stood out when his squad was hit with an improvised explosive device while conducting a foot patrol in Anah Sept. 9. Two Marines were wounded along with an Iraqi soldier and Maggard himself. Maggard treated the three, ignoring his own wounds before being medevaced.

Maggard is recovering from his wounds in the United States . His Marines recently told his story.

"We were patrolling on foot, and a command-detonated IED went off," said Pfc. Terry D. Walker, a 28-year-old rifleman from Oakland , Tenn. "Two Marines went down and were screaming they were hurt."

Maggard went to work immediately on two injured Marines and an Iraqi soldier. He paid no attention to wounds he had received. The patrol took small-arms fire, and an unharmed Iraqi soldier returned fire while Maggard and Walker treated the injured.

Comments

  1. WENT THROUGH SOMTHING SIMILAR.WHEN WE GOT HOME FROM NAM MYSELF AND TWO OTHER MARINES AND A NAVY CORPSMAN WENT TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS CLUB. THEY TURNED DOWN THE CORPSMAN AND SAID HE DOES’NT QUALIFY BECAUSE HE’S NOT A MARINE WE TOLD THEM HE IS AS MUCH A MARINE THAN ANYONE IN THIS F&^%$#$ DUMP AND WE ALL LEFT, HOW CAN A CORPSMAN NOT BE CONSIDERED A MARINE? THEY HAVE BIGGER BALLS THAN AN N.B.A.PLAYER

  2. Is there any reason, other than tradition and history, not to make corpsmen serving with Marine units into official Marines? The corpsmen would probably like that.

  3. I heard today that we lost 5 men in Iraq- 4 Marines and a Sailor. You can bet your damn skippy that Sailor was a Corpsman.
    Damn it.

  4. “Running, running, running in the night…” he had written. Had saved from bits of overtime, missed lattes, sweaty forbearance facing unneeded desserts. “It is cold and darker than you can imagine…” Quietly searched, verified with those who know, found the prize and sent. “My mind is only to my brothers…” Weeks passed into months, prayed and continued writing into the void. “I can’t believe a stranger would do this for me.” The free-mail envelope tumbled out from amongst the junky advertisements. “It is not just me who says thank you.” Reading and trembling, I began to cry. “The boots fit and have given us new life.” The letter was signed not only by the Corpsman, but each grunt in the crew. I hadn’t known, I really hadn’t known, but now, I knew.

  5. YES PLEASE BLESS THOSE CORPSMAN , I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THEY SAVED WHO I DID’NT KNOW AT THE TIME SAVED MY FUTURE HUSBAND THREE TIMES IN NAM.
    MY HUSBAND LOVES ALL OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS BUT THE CORPS FIRST ALONG WITH THE NAVY CORPSMAN.
    AFTER THREE PURPLE HEARTS AND 100% DISABILITY I LISTEN TO HIM.
    HE TRULY LOVES HIS TROOPS

  6. Doc Duty tried saving my son’s life, and did a couple of times. He drove and drove (pulled over half-way to sleep in OK City) to be at Aaron’s Silver Star Ceremony in Amarillo, TX. He is an awesome corpsmen and I respect him as I do the Marines that were with Aaron on that day. The Marines, no doubt, they do too.

  7. I would like to express my appreciation for recognizing the special story about Doc Maggard.
    As his platoon commander during that deployment I am very proud of him and the Marines for their dedication to duty.
    Semper Fidelis!

  8. Indulge yourself and find partners for hot Sexual Encounters and Adult Dating at http://www.adult-friend-finders.be Adult friend finder free dating site!
    If you are looking for a one night stand or a casual encounter, then the http://www.adults-swingers.org Adult Swingers Club is where the game is played.
    If you practice a different range of sexual and sensual activities then http://www.adultspersonals.be adult personals has the Club for you.
    Download over 2000 http://www.adultmoviedvd.org adult dvd movies, available formats: windows, mpeg, psp and ipod!
    Shop for Adult Toys, DVDs and Lingerie and other Erotic Adult Products at http://www.sextoysadult.org adult sex toys shop.

  9. I wanted to compose a quick comment in order to appreciate you for some of the remarkable tips you are giving out at this website. My time-consuming internet lookup has at the end of the day been honored with good quality points to exchange with my family members. I would assume that many of us visitors actually are definitely lucky to be in a really good community with many special people with beneficial basics. I feel pretty grateful to have used your weblog and look forward to plenty of more awesome moments reading here. Thanks once more for a lot of things.

Leave a Reply