October 3, 2005, Kapacziewski and his soldiers were coming to the end of their
tour in Northern Iraq when their convoy was attacked by enemy fighters. A
grenade fell through the gunner’s hatch and exploded, shattering Kapacziewski’s
right leg below the knee, damaging his right hip, and severing a nerve and
artery in his right arm.
endured more than forty surgeries, but his right leg still wasn’t healing as he
had hoped, so in March 2007, Kapacziewski chose to have it amputated with one
goal in mind: to return to the line and serve alongside his fellow Rangers. One
year after his surgery, Kapacziewski accomplished his goal: he was put back on
the line, as a squad leader of his Army Ranger Regiment.
19, 2010, during his ninth combat deployment (and fifth after losing his leg),
Kapacziewski’s patrol ran into an ambush outside a village in eastern
Afghanistan. After a fellow Ranger fell to withering enemy fire, shot through
the belly, Sergeant Kap and another soldier dragged him seventy-five yards to
safety and administered first aid that saved his life while heavy machineguns
tried to kill them. His actions earned him an Army Commendation Medal with “V”
for Valor. He had previously been awarded a Bronze Star for Valor, and a total
of three Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Download and start listening now!