2011 Third Squad
Patrol Base Fires, Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
3rd Squad, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines
Name and Rank:
Hospitalman Matthew Thomas "Doc" Foreit
Hometown: Stone Park, Illinois
"It looks almost literally just like back home. Like, literally, there are times when I don’t even realize I’m in a different country. Especially if I’m in the middle of a corn field or something I’ll feel like I’m just somewhere near Peoria or something."
"A lot of us out here call it 'Vietstan' as a kind of nickname. I would say I think it's my generation's Vietnam."
What were your expectations before you came here?
"I had been told constantly about how graphic it was over here, about 3/5 [the previous unit] and how they'd been losing corpsmen, especially their corpsmen . . . left and right. That's all I heard about . . . so for the first week I was paranoid as hell. Pretty much for the first two months . . ."
What was your first casualty that you treated?
"My first casualty, when I got to him he had been pretty much . . . his legs were gone, at least the flesh around his legs was pretty much gone all the way up to his waist.
Pretty much like six inches below his hip was like where it had stopped, and everything else below that was just bone. His perineum . . . the blast had shot straight up in to him, and his genitals, while they were intact, had been pushed up into his abdomen, and everything else around his perineum and the underside of his thighs were just torn up.
It was pretty much just seared raw flesh"
What did you try to do to save him?
"The first thing I did is first off I tried getting the tourniquets on him. Like I said, the flesh around his leg was gone almost to the point where it was hard to get a tourniquet on him. I’m not gonna lie, even the metal one, I had a lot of difficulty trying to get it on his leg because it was slipping off his leg a
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