SGT PETER DAMON
Mission Accomplished on October 13, 2005
Peter Damon was 28-years-old and working as an electrician when he decided to join the military. He had a three-year-old daughter at the time, and wanted to set a good example for her. He chose to enlist in the Massachusetts National Guard so he could remain close to his family.
Army Sergeant Damon volunteered to go on his first combat deployment to Iraq in September 2003 as a helicopter mechanic with the 126th Aviation Regiment. A couple months later, on Oct. 21, 2003, SGT Damon was inflating a tire on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Anaconda in Balad when the rim of the wheel blew apart. The force of the explosion traumatically amputated SGT Damon’s left wrist, his right arm above the elbow, and knocked him unconscious. The tire’s rim hit and killed the Soldier working beside SGT Damon. The next memory he had was realizing, upon waking from his coma, that he had no arms. His first thoughts were worries about how he was going to be able to work and provide for his family…would they end up being homeless?
After spending more than a year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center he received a set of prosthetic arms and a set of hooks. SGT Damon chose to wear only one hook, attached to his left elbow. Born right-handed, he taught himself to use his left as he no longer had an elbow to attach the hook to on the right arm.
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