Deloitte Featured Warrior: Gunnery Sgt Marcus Wilson
The Marines got off to a fast start in the Warrior Games competition with four combined victories in sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball and leading the charge for the Corps in both events, just as he has done so often in his 15-year distinguished military career, was Gunnery Sgt. Marcus Wilson (
After describing the extent of his injuries,
A three-sport athlete in high school,
He's recovered well enough to allow him to compete at the Warrior Games in four events (volleyball, basketball, discus and shot put), but that pales in comparison to his ambition to finish a marathon completely on foot in the future. He’s already completed one marathon – 16 miles by handcycle and the final 10 on foot.
“Initially, you go through that slump where you think you’re worthless and you don’t think you can do anything,” said
His dedication and commitment to the Corps, he does not hide; and it’s for that reason that led him to being honored with the Navy League Award and the Gerald C. Thomas Award for Inspirational Leadership in 2007. Recognized for valor both while on the battlefield and since his injury, GySgt.
“As long as I’ve still got something to offer to the Marines and the Corp, then I’m going to stay in,” he says about the future. “Actually, the Corps has encouraged me from the very beginning that if I wanted to stay in, that’s what I could do and that’s been in my head ever since.”
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