Jose Louis Sanchez
Jose Luis Sanchez was born January 14, 1984 in San Antonio, Texas. He was an athletic youth that participated in football, basketball and track. Immediately after graduating from high school in 2003, Sanchez joined the U.S Marine Corps. His first duty was Okinawa, Japan with 3/12 Artillery as a Field Radio Operator followed by service in OIF at Iraq, Ramadi with 3/8 Infantry.
After OIF, Cpl. Sanchez went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to continue to fight the global war on terrorism at Joint Base Command, after which he reported to 4th Recon as an Inspector Instructor in San Antonio, TX. His final duty was with 1st ANGLICO in Camp Pendleton, CA where he went on in support of OEF in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
It was in Afghanistan, while conducting a security patrol on foot with Allied Forces on October 22, 2011, that Sgt. Sanchez stepped on an IED, resulting in serious injuries to both his legs. His left leg was amputated below the knee, but surgeons were able to salvage his right leg. Sgt. Sanchez was medevac'd out and transported back to the United States to the San Antonio Military Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid to receive treatment and rehabilitation. Sanchez received numerous awards, including the Naval Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action Medal and Purple Heart.
Sanchez retired as a SSgt. in July 2013.