Marine LCpl Michael Gonzales
On June 12, 2010, during his first combat deployment, Marine Lance Corporal Michael Gonzales was serving as an Infantry Rifleman with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division in Garmsir Province, Afghanistan when he was injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast after a three-day fight with enemy forces. He sustained the loss of his left leg above the knee, right leg limb salvage, loss of his left eye, internal injuries, burns on 25% of his body, and other injuries.
Airlifted to Camp Leatherneck for stabilization and blood infusions, Mike was transported to Landstuhl, Germany for additional surgeries. After ten months of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center, he transferred to Balboa Medical Center for additional care. Currently, Mike is undergoing the Osseo-integration process to be able to better move on his prosthetic.
Originally from Utah, Mike is choosing to build his home in Texas to be close to his daughter and his medical team.