SGT KENNY LYON
Mission Accomplished on April 9, 2011
Marine Sgt. Kenny Lyon was on his second deployment in May 2006 when a mortar attack near Fallujah, Iraq left him with severe injuries including a left leg above the knee amputation, irreversible nerve damage to his left arm and hand, and a shattered jaw. While working to repair his disabled Light Armored Vehicle Sgt Lyon heard an outgoing mortar but assumed it was quite a distance away. Protected by fellow Marines, Sgt. Lyon continued working on the vehicle when the mortar, which was actually incoming landed nine feet behind him.
Defying the statistics that mortars have a kill radius of at least 15 yards, Kenny though severely wounded, would survive. Taken to the hospital at Camp Fallujah, Sgt. Lyon knew by the reactions of his comrades that his injuries were serious. Falling unconscious just as he arrived at the hospital, Kenny received 50 units of blood to save his life through direct transfusion; from person to person. He has no recollection of the trip to Landstuhl, Germany, Andrew’s Air Force Base or Bethesda Medical Center where he awoke two weeks later. Transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Sgt. Lyon spent more than two years in the hospital and continues to receive outpatient services and therapies at this time.
Growing up in Connecticut and Maryland, Kenny is grateful for his family and the support of their community and their church. Kenny enjoys working on cars and with circuits and wiring; his tools being counted as some of his prized possessions. He hopes to obtain a college degree and continue to work in the electrical or automotive fields.
When asked if there was anything he would like to say to those who made his specially adapted home possible, Sgt Lyon expressed his thanks for the prayers and support that continues to help him in his recovery stating, “Having a handicapped accessible home makes me more independent in my daily activities. Having had experiences post-injury with feeling helpless, I know how overwhelming that can be… I will never have to feel that feeling again in my handicapped accessible home… I am forever grateful.”