Curtis Jamison, MSgt USAF
MSgt Curtis Jamison was born in New York, NY Nov 15, 1969 but was raised in Columbia, SC. MSgt Jamison and his wife Shereda have 4 kids ranging from 10 to 20 years old. In 2005, while deployed to Baghdad Iraq, MSgt Jamison sustained injuries during a mortar attack. For his injuries, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Below is his story, told by him.
"On 5 May, 2005 I was deployed to Camp Victory, Baghdad as part of the Multi-National Force-Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I had just returned to my living quarters and removed all my gear when I heard a noise that sounded like lumber falling from a truck. There was an Army battalion across the way that was always moving equipment, etc and I thought maybe there had been an accident. When I opened the door to look, I saw a rocket slam into the side of their building. I realized we were under attack and started down the two metal steps to my room’s trailer. As I proceeded to run around the concrete barrior in front of my door, I had a feeling of déjà vu and stopped. A moment later, a rocket hit on the other side of the barrier. Had I kept going, I would have been killed instantly. I ran back up the stairs backwards to take cover in the trailer. As I got to the doorway, I could feel the compression and I winched thinking this was it. Fortunately the rocket/mortar hit the A/C unit at the end of the trailer. The force blew me back into the room. I received shrapnel along my left side and back, forehead, left foot and right leg. I was evacuated to Ballard for emergency surgery to save my right leg and remove a few large pieces of metal from my left foot.
After two more surgeries on my right leg, I was flown to Florida to recovery under my wife’s care. While at one of my medical appointments, the doctor noticed some abnormity with my hip X-rays. Seems I had lost circulation and my hip bones were dying. I had a few consults and it was decided I was a good candidate for hip grafts at Duke University. I had two surgeries to take a bone and artery from each leg and transplant it in each hip. Long story short, it worked and I won’t need hip replacement surgery."
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