“My name is CPL Rory Hamill. I served in the USMC for 6 years from 2006-2012, during which time I went to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. I served with 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment. I was a month into my third combat deployment, when I was severely injured. My squad was out on a patrol, when we came across intel from a local Afghan that there was a bomb in an abandoned compound. Our squad set up security, and I took the metal detector off of my point man’s back, and went in to find evidence of the bomb. I couldn’t find it for several minutes, but as I was coming back through the doorway, I stepped on a pressure plate hooked up to 20 LBS of home-made explosives. My right leg was instantly sheered off, and I sustained a lot of soft tissue damage to my left leg and buttocks. I kept it together as best I could, and made sure my guys were alright. I died on the helo on the way out of that area, my heart rate dropped too low. The date of my injury was February 13th, 2011. I discovered your site soon after I was injured, and the countless photo galleries you guys post served to inspire me, make me laugh, focus on something other than my injury. I left the hospital soon after Taylor Morris arrived there at Walter Reed NMMC at Bethesda. I wish to give back, to help inspire the Chivers and Chivettes out there, and let them know that no matter what happens, you have to Keep Calm and Chive On. Thank you for all you do.” Rory, thank you.