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.