"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
- John 15:13
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines
November 9, 2004, Fallujah, Iraq.
Second Battle Of Fallujah
Marines crossed a 4 lane section of HWY 10. Although supported by cover fire, insurgents hammered them from positions in the surrounding buildings. This included small arms fire and RPG's.
While crossing the highway, Marine Sgt. Lonny Wells was hit by sniper fire in the leg knocking him face down on the pavement as blood began pooling underneath him.
Gunnery Sergeant Ryan Shane dropped his rifle and went after Lonny. Ryan grabbed the drag strap and started pulling.
Navy Corpsman Joel Lambott ran out and bent over Lonny while Ryan continued to pull.
A bullet slammed into Ryan's lower back causing abdominal trauma and Ryan fell over.
Lambott watched as he ran back for cover.
Immediately, the other Marines directed fire at the enemy positions and Marines ran out and pulled Lonny and Ryan back to cover.
They were evacuated quickly, rushed out of the city and treated at a hospital.
Lonny succomed to his injuries while Ryan survived.
Ryan was medically separated from the Marine Corps after countless surgeries and being no longer able to meet the physical requirements of an infantryman.
Several errors were made in the medical separation granting Ryan only a 20% disability. The extent of his injuries were not recorded. The minimum qualification for medical benefits/treatment thru the VA is 30%.
With the assistance of the Disabled American Veterans organization, the errors were corrected and Ryan received total disability compensation as well as additional benefits.