The Battle Of My Marine Corps Essay

949 Words Apr 6th, 2016 4 Pages
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - “I’m coming to the end of my Marine Corps career, which is something that I’ve really loved, and I’m getting ready to say goodbye to it,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Richard ‘Trainwreck’ Burkett Jr.

Burkett recollected the moments of his life that made him the man that he is today. He realized early on in his life that he was destined to become a Marine.

“I thought, ‘What else was there for me to do?’” He said. “As far as I was concerned, there was nothing else.”

Burkett, a New Castle, Pa., transplant, career Marine Corps aviator, and archery instructor at the 2016 Marine Corps Trials, was injured in an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crash with three other Service members in Morocco April 11, 2012, during Exercise African Lion. He was one of two who survived the crash.

The crash left Burkett’s legs severely damaged, and he was transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, a U.S. Army hospital in Germany, for treatment.

After receiving medical care in Germany for four days, he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Md., April 17, 2012, where he began a medical rehabilitation regimen to ensure that his legs remained fully operational and did not need to be amputated.

Burkett took on months of limb salvage treatment during his time at WRNMMC. While his left leg was able to be salvaged, his right leg had to be amputated below the knee after 14 months of treatment. A major infection then developed in…

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