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(USMC Life)   A Marine who lost an eye after jumping on a grenade will receive the Medal of Honor. Fark: Badass bling in his fake eye   ( divider line
    More: Hero, Marine Medal of Honor, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, Soviet war in Afghanistan, Marine Barracks Washington, Marine Corps, Dakota Meyer  
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2014-03-06 09:40:55 AM  
3 votes:
2014-03-06 09:36:43 AM  
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Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.

Speaking from a female perspective, he has no reason to hide those scars.
2014-03-06 09:56:03 AM  
2 votes:

fireclown: Is that a full prosthetic eye, or an elaborate contact lens?  Would one have multiple prosthetic eyes for different occasions, as athletes have different prosthetic limbs?

No, that's the mount where the prosthetic eye will attach. I know someone who lost an eye to cancer and has the same thing. The mount gets attached to muscles so it can move naturally. When it fully heals, a prosthetic eyeball (more like a hemisphere, not a full ball) attaches to the mount. That way instead of getting the immobile glass eye you saw with Peter Falk and Sammy Davis Jr., his fake eye will move like a real one.

It can take a long time to heal fully though. So the guy I know is going to be wearing an eyepatch for a long time before he can wear the glass eye part. IIRC, the fake eyeball will be removable so everything can be cleaned.
2014-03-06 11:12:39 AM  
1 vote:

You could say this guy is the last action hero.
2014-03-06 10:05:54 AM  
1 vote:

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: albatros183: OK serious question, what sort of lame grenade do you survive with (relativity) minor injures from, I could be wrong but even fragmentation grenades contain more than 100g of explosive, was it some sort of dud?

A grenade does pack quite a punch. But the energy isn't focused like a bullet. His vest and helmet are probably why he's here today. Looks like a fair bit of shrapnel made it through the gap between the two, though.

And if you add some extra padding, you can come out of it with no serious injuries at all:

Croucher was recommended for the award for throwing himself on a Taliban tripwire grenade to save his comrades. He was part of a reconnaissance mission near Sangin in Helmand Province in Afghanistan on 9 February 2008. Moving through a compound at night he felt a trip-wire against his leg and saw that he had activated a grenade. He threw himself to the ground, and used his rucksack to pin the grenade to the floor, and tucked his legs up to his body. He was thrown some distance by the explosion, but due to the protection offered by his rucksack and body-armour, suffered only a nose-bleed, perforated ear drums and some disorientation. The pack was ripped from his back by the explosion, and his body armour and helmet were pitted by grenade fragments.
2014-03-06 10:03:24 AM  
1 vote:
2014-03-06 09:54:25 AM  
1 vote:
And now he has got a bad ass James Bond villain look going on. Looks surprising good for what happened to him.  Glad to see they took the time to do some great reconstructive surgery.  Don't know if I would have the big brass ones to do something like this to save a friend, hope I would.
2014-03-06 09:37:09 AM  
1 vote:

I dig your style, man.
2014-03-06 09:36:41 AM  
1 vote:

Headso: if he rocked a hipster beard he could hide all that scaring, so yeah get some skinny jeans and some weird sweaters, breh.

Except the beard will grow in crazy cuz of the scars.....I think he just needs this:
2014-03-06 09:36:17 AM  
1 vote:
In the Army they taught us to toss the grenade back...

J/K this kid has Balls of Adamantium.
2014-03-06 09:30:53 AM  
1 vote:
He looks like a Brosnan-era Bond villain, but there's nothing wrong with that. The guy's more a man than I am.
2014-03-06 09:27:48 AM  
1 vote:
I was expecting this but a purple heart is *much* cooler
2014-03-06 09:18:44 AM  
1 vote:
Uh . . . he's still rather attractive.  Go get him girls.
2014-03-06 09:07:04 AM  
1 vote:

dittybopper: And it's always good to see a living person get recognized with a Medal of Honor.

We are much better at saving the critically injured nowadays.  Combat trauma surgeries (and as a result civilian trauma hospitals) will benefit from our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan forever.  No that's not justification for the losses these wars have inflicted, but that's how war works.

"I've still got all my limbs, so you'll never hear me complain."  Wow.
2014-03-06 08:31:28 AM  
1 vote:
A purple heart.  *NICE*.

And it's always good to see a living person get recognized with a Medal of Honor.
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