Charlie Linville twice tried to climb Mount Everest but never made it due to devastating natural disasters on and near the world’s highest mountain. But the Afghanistan veteran who lost a lower leg in combat is determined to reach the top — hoping to serve as an inspiration to others.
“I really found a passion to show people that anything’s possible, no matter what you do,” 30-year-old Linville, of Boise, told the Idaho Statesman.
“I hope to inspire other people and get them to get up and accomplish whatever they want to do in their life,” he told the newspaper.
Staff Sgt. Linville, who joined the Marine Corps two years after high school, signed up to become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, according to the paper.
On Jan. 20, 2011, Linville and his team were tasked with a routine detonation — not immediately realizing there was an IED hidden beneath another one.
“I remember stepping on it, I remember the distorted boom in my ears, and being out of it and waking up,” Linville told the Statesman.
“I can’t say why — my bomb didn’t fully detonate. If it had, I would have been a triple amputee and I would have died,” he said.
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