Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr.
Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. was severely wounded in action on October 15, 2012, while conducting operations in southern Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). While out on foot patrol, SCT Easley stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). SGT Easley lost both legs, making him a bilateral, above knee amputee. He also sustained multiple injuries to his right hand, which included a sliced tendon in his pinky, as well as larger wounds on both sides. Partial amputations of his pointer, middle and index fingers resulted.
As an infantryman in the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, he deployed to Iraq for fourteen months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2008-2009. Shortly after his first tour, he attended a yearlong school to become an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He deployed to Afghanistan in January, 2012 with the 787th EOD Company, which was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.
SGT Easley is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and will remain there until fully recovered.
I followed a staff sergeant into a drainage ditch looking for an IED. I took one step, heard the boom, and had a mouth full of dirt. I was
on the ground in shock, with the most intense pain I have ever felt - s*** hurts. - Sergeant Robert Easley, Jr.