Corp. Joe Piram
Branch of Service: Marine Corps
Conflict: Iraq War (2003-)
Years of Service: 2004-2010
Marine Corp. Joe Piram grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and joined the Marines shortly after graduating from high school in 2004. After completing his infantry training, he was assigned to the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps base in California. He completed two tours in Iraq before being deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2009. He had been on patrol in Afghanistan when his Humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device on June 20th, 2009. Joe was badly injured, with severe burns and a multitude of internal injuries. Sadly, one of his fellow Marines did not survive the blast and two others also suffered severe injuries. Joe spent the next six months recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has since moved back to his hometown, recently purchased a house, coaches a local youth hockey team, and is preparing to go back to school to become a police officer.
Joe is one of the brave ones and he embodies the core values that define a Marine – Honor, Courage, and Commitment. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals. We thank him and all present and former military personnel for their service!
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