"It's very real when I teach ... I take this extremely seriously. I realize what can happen. I always thought I had left something unfinished." - Captain Darby Boudreaux, severely wounded in Iraq in 2005, about his role during this tour in Iraq teaching others about IEDs.
Captain Darby Boudreaux (Baton Rouge, LA, US), 225th Engineer Brigade, is interviewed by a WAFB TV reporter about his reasons for going back to Iraq after being injured by an improvised explosive device. His current job is training Soldiers how to recognize and handle an IED.
More below on Captain Boudreaux's mission:
Soldier Returns for Unfinished Mission
225th Engineer Brigade]
Story by Lt. Col. Pat Simon
Posted: 08.19.2009 04:43
BAGHDAD – May 25, 2005, is a date that is burned in the memory of Capt. Darby Boudreaux, 225th Engineer Brigade.
On that afternoon, his platoon was conducting a route clearance mission near Ghazaliya in western Baghdad. The site was supposed to be clear, but wasn't. Chaos suddenly broke out.
"I got blown up by an [improvised explosive device] while we were dismounted, and we started taking direct fire ... getting shot at immediately after," said Boudreaux. "I knew that I was hurt really bad because of the amount of blood that I was putting out."
A minor artery in his right leg was severed. In just 30 seconds in back of medical Humvee, Boudreaux remembered a shocking site. He was lying in a two inch puddle of his own blood. His blood pressure dropped to 60 over 30. He was close to death and losing consciousness...