Saturday, June 27, 2015

War Veteran Inspires Fellow Marines As Triple Amputee Athlete

Triple Amputee Afghanistan War Veteran Inspires Fellow Marines 
Stars and Stripes
by Carlos Bongioanni
Jun 27, 2015
A good dose of humility also seemed to reside inside the triple-amputee athlete who was a bit evasive, giving a generic reply when asked how he typically performs at the Games. "I do pretty well. I just go out there and try to give it my all."

Anthony McDaniel congratulates his former wheelchair basketball teammates Tuesday
June 23, 2015 after the Warrior Games championship matchup at Quantico Marine Base
Virginia. (Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia -- Anthony McDaniel had just been lowered into his wheelchair from a platform where he had been seated for throwing the discus at the Warrior Games.

Nearby, a folded tripod leaning against a chair fell to the ground. In gentlemanly fashion, McDaniel instantly maneuvered his wheelchair into position to retrieve the tripod for the reporter who dropped it.

McDaniel, 26, may have lost two legs and part of his left arm from war injuries, but he hasn't lost a strong conviction about being polite.

"Regardless if you've got all your limbs or you have none at all, politeness comes from within," said the medically-retired Marine with southern roots who names Pascagoula and Gautier, Mississippi, as his home towns.
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