USSF Soldier: Military Training Saved his life!

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    A Special Forces Soldier’s path to recovery after getting shot eight times at close range

    Story by Staff Sgt. Liesl Marelli, Army National Guard
    August 18, 2008

    AFGHANISTAN - During combat operations in 2006, a Special Forces Soldier assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) transmitted over the radio, “I’m down and bleeding out fast.”

    Master Sgt. Tom Morrissey, who was deployed on his third combat tour, suffered eight shots from an enemy’s AK-47 at close range.

    “I thought I was going to die.”

    However, his quick thinking and “training ad nauseum” as he calls it, helped save not only his life but the lives of the other men who were hit, because of the muscle memory he developed from all the military training he had received.

    “Once the shooting stopped, I intuitively did a medical assessment of myself,” he said. “Immediately following, I verbally did the same for my interpreter and the other injured civilian.”

    Because he was shot in both arms and legs, Morrissey was not able to administer first aid, but he explained to his translator how to stop the bleeding while they waited for their Quick Reaction Force, from the 10th Mountain Division, to come get them.

  2. "More than two years after the ambush, Morrissey, now 55, is stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga., as a medical-hold Soldier, while his surgeries and rehabilitation continue.". Meaning he was 53, when he was a Special Forces Soldier.. Is that Normal?
  3. A sgt at 53? flyer.
  4. The 20th are National Guard where soldiers of his vintage are not especially unusual.
  5. regardless, a sgt at 53? flyer.