E Plurubus Unum, Rex Montis

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

We'll be home for Christmas

Yes!!! At long last we all get a much needed break from training.Even though D and I are in the same platoon, we hardly see each other. Since he came down a little after me, he was playing catch up, and our schedules weren't matching up until recently. Then I had my accident and was doing desk work for a while. Now, after 3 months, I actually tracked him down (3 bunks down from me) and we got our first picture together!See lots of you in a couple days! Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Break a leg? Not quite, already did that, close though

Doesn’t this picture just say it all? Good.
Yes, there I was, humping along(walking/marching) through the woods sharpening our squad’s tactical maneuvering techniques. To make a long story short, I got caught up in some razor wire, tripped and split my knee open on my rifle.
I laid on the ground growling for a while, not knowing I was actually hurt. One of my buddies carried my rifle, and another one helped me walk. I thought it was bruised. After a few minutes, I didn’t feel any swelling, so I took my rifle back and continued on. About 15 minutes later, as we neared the edge of the woods, I noticed blood soaking through my pants. I sat down and rolled up the pant leg. What greeted me was unexpected. I had a meaty gash right below my knee cap. I started to put my field dressing on. At this time my team leader noticed I was down. He came over and helped me out. Then I was combat carried across a field to the medics. After a long night at the army aid station and the civilian E.R. I had 13 exterior stitches and a few interior [muscle] stitches. Now I have a week wait to get them out.
So there it is, my story of the month.
I have some pictures of the “wound” but none were very flattering.