Cpl Robert Thrailkill, Jr.

Belding, MI


On October 26, 2010, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan 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. 


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Key Ceremony, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10 a.m.

About the Key Ceremony:  An escort will bring Cpl Thrailkill to the home site and we encourage all supporters to line the street to help welcome this Veteran to his new home. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and distinguished guests will address the audience. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Cpl Thrailkill will be given the keys to his specially adapted home.  After the Ceremony guests are welcome to tour the home. Please RSVP.

What we need:

  • Community Support Volunteers
  • Tents, Tables, Chairs, Podium & Sound System
  • Escort Coordinator
  • Fund Raising Heroes Lunch Sponsor
  • Bake Sale & Raffle Coordinator
  • Honor Guard
  • National Anthem Singer

Learn more about fundraising opportunities!  For more information contact Community Outreach Coordinator Katelyn Donovan at: kdonovan@hfotusa.orgFor media inquiries contact media@hfotusa.org.


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