On Aug. 9, 2005, Army Sergeant Richard “Tony” Doyle was serving as an Infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 130thInfantry, in Baghdad, Iraq. That morning Doyle rode in patrol in the lead vehicle. A soldier in his Humvee spotted a suspicious object beside the road and yelled, “Look out! Look out!”
An explosion followed. The Humvee flipped. The door latch broke in the rollover. Doyle lost consciousness and was ejected. The Humvee landed on his left leg, pinning him to the ground. He awoke a short time later to excruciating pain.
“I would say the adrenaline was pumping at the max,” he said. “The first thing I did was look for my weapon.”
He noticed fellow soldiers setting up a 360-degree perimeter with Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The show of force calmed him a bit.