|Saturday, 10-Dec-2005 00:00
LCpl Brandon Wesley WIA
Since Brandon's story just came out I thought I'd combine the two entries. A double shot of Jarhead! Heh! $-)
Liberty, Ky. native endures Corps hardship
Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
Story Identification #: 200512121082
Story by Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 09, 2005) -- Marines go through stressful situations and face hardships on a daily basis. Sometimes it’s the loss of a brother in arms, other times it’s a personal hardship or a painful circumstance that can alter a Marine’s career in an instant.
For Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Wesley of Liberty, Ky. that day came for him when he sustained an injury while deployed fighting in the Global War on Terrorism.
Wesley was a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July. While part of a reaction force his team responded to rocket-propelled grenade fire.
The team took off after the enemy and was overtaken in a firefight. Wesley jumped a wall for cover and tore his knee.
“I have surgery this month (November) followed by six months of rehab,” Wesley said. “After that I have another surgery, followed by six more months of rehab. I’ve got a long road ahead of me.”
The injury occurred while the 20-year-old was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Wesley will have six months left in the Marine Corps when he rehabilitates. He plans to make use of his time as he recovers.
“During this time I will be taking college classes,” Wesley said.
When his enlistment ends Wesley won’t return for another tour of duty, but he still wants to stay close to the Marine Corps.
“I have two options in mind for now,” Wesley explained. “I would like to work for the government. I would also like to be a game warden on base. I always liked hunting and fishing so that would be a dream job.”
Wesley’s injury forced him to leave friends behind in Iraq, but still can positively reflect his time in the Corps.
“It’s sad to hear about my friends getting hurt and knowing I’m powerless to do anything about it,” Wesley admitted. “After all that has happened, I’m still glad I joined the Corps and did what I could.”
# 1 - MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Dec. 9 2005) - Marines go through stressful situations and face hardships on a daily basis. For Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Wesley of Liberty, Ky. that day came for him when he sustained an injury while deployed fighting in the Global War on Terrorism. Photo by: Pfc. Terrell A. Turner
And from 11/30/05:
Ah yes, the LCpl sittin' back in the Wounded Barracks hobnobbing with the elite politariat! Wait 'til the boys come home and give him grief! he-he! Juuuust teasing! :P
The LCpl has excellent taste in reading material as well! I have plenty of Louis L'Amour books to send if you run out of reading material LCpl! All the knuckleheads got my W.E.B. Griffin's last time but I still have some L'Amour.
It's really good to see some pics of the guys that gave so much for their Brothers! God Speed LCpl Wesley. Here's hoping you get well soon! - JHD
Submitted by: II Marine Expeditionary Force
# 2 - MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.--Lt. Governor of N.C., Beverly E. Perdue, visits with Lance Cpl. Brandon Wesley Dec. 1 at the Injured Support Unit barracks here. Wesley, 20, is a native of Liberty, Ky., and was injured in Iraq while serving with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Wesley is rehabilitating in the wounded warrior barracks.
Photo by: Sgt. Tracee L. Jackson