War Hero Reunited With Troops

Published: July 8, 2008 | 7173rd good news item since 2003

U.S. Army Maj. David Underwood was released Monday from Brooke Army Medical Center to be reunited with troops returning from Iraq.

Underwood served as commander in Iraq for 28 months until he lost his arm in an explosion and was taken to BAMC for treatment.

“The explosion hit me … severing my wrist right off the bat,” said Underwood.

Part of Underwood’s leg was also wounded in the blast, but doctors were able to save the limb after a number of surgeries.

On Monday, the 38-year-old father boarded a special flight provided by Veterans Airflight Command to his hometown in Savannah, Ga., where he will welcome home troops who had served under his command.

“Last time these guys saw me, I was in pieces,” said Underwood. “I think they’ll be surprised.”

After his visit, Underwood will be transported to Walter Reed Hospital, where he will receive further treatment and be fitted with a new prosthetic arm.

The wounded hero has inspired many with his strong drive and incredible outlook on life.

He received a Purple Heart and met with President George W. Bush.

“It’s what I loved to do and I would not trade any of it for the last 8 months I had in Iraq,” said Underwood.

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