Marine Vet Becomes 1st Combat Amputee To Climb Mt Everest
Semper Fi! Congratulations to an American Hero. This is an enormous accomplishment. Well done.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran made history Thursday as the first ever combat-wounded amputee to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, 30, climbed the 29,029-foot summit of the highest mountain on earth with a prosthetic leg after being involved in a blast in Afghanistan in 2011 that left him with serious injuries to his right food and hand.
Linville, a father of two from Boise, Idaho, decided to have his right leg amputated below the knee after rehabilitation and reconstructive surgeries, according to The Heroes Project , an organization that leads mountaineering expeditions with gravely wounded veterans and active service members to help them rediscover their strength and pride. More
In addition to losing his leg, 30-year-old Linville suffered a severe brain injury when a bomb that he was defusing went off in Afghanistan in 2011.
He reached the 29,000-foot summit on his third attempt.