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The First Blast Took His Memory. The Second Took His Limbs. Why This Marine Is Still Fighting

John Peck, Marine Sgt. (RET.)

By Gina Harkins (Original source Military.com)

“Sgt. John Peck had already been blown up once before deploying to Afghanistan in 2010.

The mortarman fought hard to get the Marine Corps to send him back to the war zone after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Iraq’s Al Anbar province in 2007. The blast left him with a traumatic brain injury that erased 21 years’ worth of memories.

He didn’t recognize family members, friends or even himself. He had to relearn who he was, including how to be a Marine.

“It took a lot of work, a lot of pleading with doctors,” Peck said. “I had to either learn from my fellow Marines by watching them or by reading [Marine Corps Institute courses].”

Peck finally got the OK to deploy again with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. He was in Afghanistan’s Helmand province for only a few weeks when another blast hit.”

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