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Double amputee Ranger returns to his unit at Lewis-McChord

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 20, 2011 at 9:11 am with 8 Comments »
May 20, 2011 9:16 am
Photo by Vince Little, U.S. Army

Sgt. 1st Class Ray Castillo is still leading his fellow Rangers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord two years after losing both of his legs in attack in Mosul, Iraq.

“Just because I lost my limbs doesn’t mean I can’t give my experience and my knowledge to other guys, (but) I understood eventually I was going to be behind a desk,” Castillo, now an operations sergeant with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, told an Army writer. “There’s nothing I could’ve done about that. I still wanted to be in the military, I still wanted to contribute.”

Here’s the full story on Castillo’s recovery and drive to keep serving in the Army. He was on 10th combat deployment with the Rangers when he was injured.

“I would say it’s more frustrating than difficult,” he said. “There’s a lot of frustration that goes with having some type of new life. Everyone has a goal in life, and then when something happens, it can change.”

“You can still stay on certain career paths and other paths you want to do in your life,” he said. “It can be difficult doing those things, but it’s more frustrating. There are simple things that you have to try to overcome and adapt to.”

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. royboy361 says:

    Good for you Sgt Castillo. Your country is proud of you.

  2. MustangJack says:

    Thank you for your service. It is great to see that Soldiers such as yourself can continue service after sustaining such a life-altering injury. You are an inspiration to all wounded warriors and veterans!

  3. Atta boy soldier! Give it time, it get much less frustrating as time goes by…

  4. Thankyou for your service, and for being a fabulous role model!! We honor you.

  5. humble1 says:

    Sua Sponte!

  6. SouthHillHooligan says:

    Thanks you for your service SFC Castillo.

  7. SouthHillHooligan says:

    Rangers Lead the Way – RLTW
    (not RTLW)

  8. Thank you for your service and I am also glad to hear that they are going to use your expretise in the training of others and that I beleive is important

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