Cpl Robert Thrailkill, Jr.
Grand Haven, MI
On October 26, 2010, while on foot patrol investigating a suspicious dirt mound near a secured building, Marine Corporal Robert Thrailkill Jr. suffered the traumatic amputations of both legs above the knee and extensive damage to his right hand when he stepped on a pressure-plated improvised explosive device (IED). He was 19 at the time of his injury and just one month into his first deployment.
Thrown on his back, Cpl Thrailkill recalls hearing static and a ringing in his ears, and seeing complete blackness. He became aware of the severity of his situation seconds later when he realized he could not move his legs. Cpl Thrailkill was then airlifted to a local hospital and stabilized.
Currently Bobby lives at home with his mom. He enjoys going to the movies, learning new things, and spending as much time possible with his three-year-old son Zekiah. His future plans include attending college and working outside the home. But for now the young dad says he would like to focus his time and attention on Zekiah and being with his family.