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Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr.

 
 
Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 5, 2018
1. Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. Marker
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Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr.

Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. was severely wounded in action on October 15, 2012, while conducting operations in southern Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). While out on foot patrol, SCT Easley stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). SGT Easley lost both legs, making him a bilateral, above knee amputee. He also sustained multiple injuries to his right hand, which included a sliced tendon in his pinky, as well as larger wounds on both sides. Partial amputations of his pointer, middle and index fingers resulted.

As an infantryman in the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, he deployed to Iraq for fourteen months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2008-2009. Shortly after his first tour, he attended a yearlong school to become an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He deployed to Afghanistan in January, 2012 with the 787th EOD Company, which was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.

SGT Easley is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and will remain there until fully recovered.

I followed a staff sergeant into a drainage ditch looking for an IED. I took one step, heard the boom, and had a mouth full of dirt. I was
Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 5, 2018
2. Sergeant (SGT) Robert Easley, Jr. Marker
The marker is on the far left.
on the ground in shock, with the most intense pain I have ever felt – s*** hurts. – Sergeant Robert Easley, Jr.


 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.454′ N, 77° 9.521′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Touch for map. The marker is on the Army Heritage Trail on the grounds of the U.S. Army Heritage and Educational Center. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) (here, next to this marker); HESCO at Home (within shouting distance of this marker); HESCO in Iraq (within shouting distance of this marker); HESCO in Afghanistan (within shouting distance of this marker); Hesco Barriers (within shouting distance of this marker); Specialist (SPC) Charles Posey III (within shouting distance of this marker); Machine Gun Post (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the World War I Trench System Exhibit (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, 2nd Iraq
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 5, 2018
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Caption: SGT Easley at Combat Outpost (COP) Mushan in Afghanistan, June 2012.
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By Larry Gertner, September 5, 2018
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Caption: In his apartment at Walter Reed National Military Center, SGT Easley holds a wooden replica of a Purple Heart, given to him by a supporter.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Last updated on September 12, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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