2 Marines wounded in Afghanistan reunite

July 2nd, 2011

By Brian Webb | ABC 15 | ABC15.com | July 2, 2011

MESA, AZ - Two Marines injured at the same time in Afghanistan met up in the Valley Saturday for the first time since that fateful day.

“I remember every part of it,” said Corporal Robert Bruce. He was given a hero’s welcome today in Mesa where he grew up.

A dining hall was filled with a few dozen people. Bruce spoke to the crowd about his experience, while standing on two prosthetic legs.

On March 9 Bruce rushed to help a fellow Marine who had just been injured by an exploding device. When he got there another IED exploded taking both his legs.

But today was more than a welcome home, it was a surprise. Corporal Gallagher Roed, the other Marine hurt that day, came from California to say 'hi'. He lost one leg that day. It’s the first time the two young men have been together since the incident.

“We have more brothers hurt worse than us so they are our inspiration,” Bruce said.

“It really helps the healing process to see so many people here for you doing whatever they can,” Roed said.

Both men shared a few words with the crowd, got a few hugs and took a few pictures. Both say they are willing to go back to battle if they are needed.

“It’s just another chapter of my life, I’m still standing here so I will just go forward,” Roed said.

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