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Mount Union Student Injured While a Marine in Iraq Will Return to Speak October 27

October 20, 2005

Corporal Ryan Groves, a former Mount Union College student who served in the war in Iraq where he was injured and lost his left leg, will return to Mount Union on Thursday, October 27 to speak with students about life decisions and to answer questions about his experiences at Mount Union and in the war.

 

While at Mount Union, Groves was in the pre-law progra

m. He was also a member of the football team and Phi Kappa Tau fraternity during his two years on campus. He withdrew from Mount Union to enlist in the Marines.

Once in the Marines, Groves volunteered to go to Iraq. He was stationed in Falluja. 'Our mission was to gain the confidence of the Iraqi people and protect them, but at the same time to search and destroy,' Groves said.

While getting out of his vehicle to visit his platoon, a rocket attack began and Groves got hit right away. Groves was taken to a hospital in Baghdad where his left leg was amputated. His right leg has contracted several infections due to the shrapnel and he has endured 38 surgeries in an effort to save it.

During Groves' therapy, his wheelchair got caught in a sewer grate which caused him to fall and break his good leg. This led to another serious infection and yet another stay in the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

Throughout his recovery, Groves has kept a very positive attitude. He has had visits from family and friends and keeps in touch with some of his fraternity brothers. Last November Groves was awarded the Purple Heart also got to take part in a ceremony on Memorial Day with President Bush to lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The convocation is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Mount Union Theatre at 10:30 a.m.

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