CORPORAL MIKE JERNIGAN:
Mike enlisted in the Marines on his 24th birthday in 2002. He was sworn in by his father, Major Michael V. Jernigan, Ret, United States Army. He completed boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina and went to the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger where he received the MOS of 0351, Infantry Assaultman.
Mike’s first duty station was Camp LeJeune with 1st battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. He soon became an active duty augment to Weapons Company, 1st battalion, 25th Marine Regiment and completed a 6 month deployment to Camp Schwab on the island of Okinawa.
At the end of this deployment he volunteered to transfer to Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. With 2/2 he deployed to Iraq where he served as a squad leader with Weapons Platoon. Mike served in Mahmudiyah, Zaidon, and Fallujah during the summer of 2004. On August 22, 2004 his humvee was struck by an IED (roadside bomb). Mike lost both eyes, suffered a crushed cranium and severe trauma to his right hand and left knee.
He recovered at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD, completed the Traumatic Brain Injury program at James A. Haley VA hospital in Tampa, FL, and then completed a 16 week blind rehabilitation program in Augusta, GA at the VA. He was medically retired December 29, 2005.
What an amazing hero!🇺🇸 Thank you Mike for serving and making the sacrifices in order to protect our freedom and rights!