Lake Charles man survives IED attack in Afghanistan - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles man survives IED attack in Afghanistan

After 9-11, Tommy Thibodeaux couldn't just sit around and do nothing. So he quit his job on an offshore rig and joined the Marines.  On his first tour of duty, he guarded the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.  On his second tour, Thibodeaux helped with security during the Afghani national elections. Thibodeaux was awarded The Purple Heart when the convoy he was riding in was attacked by an IED.

"On our way back, I got hit with three 107 rockets," said Thibodeaux. "I flew out of the truck and landed in a field.  I lost a couple of my buddies.  It was tough."

Thibodeaux continued to track down his attacker, a 15 year old boy using his cell phone as a trigger.

"The only thing that saved my life was that I had my canteen strapped to my bullet proof vest and it had me sitting in the front seat and I was arched back.  So the blast totally blew a hole in my seat and it cracked my saavy plate in half, crushing my canteen and threw me right out the window."

Thibodeaux says he came back home an angry man, but sought help for his injuries. 

"It just took time and the support of my family.  The people that love me and that know kind of what I've been through.  I've never old anybody exactly what happened there."

Tommy Thibodeaux says his story is a reminder that there are still men and women in Afghanistan fighting and dying for our country.  That is why he is this week's Hometown Patriot.

Thibodeaux stays in touch with the Wounded Warriors group, which helps veterans deal with the aftermath of serving during wartime.

 

Copyright KPLC 2014.  All rights reserved

 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Dionne Warwick to perform on the Golden Nugget stage March 10th

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-01-20 03:46:22 GMT
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
           Grammy Hall of Fame singer, actress and television host, Dionne Warwick is set to perform her celebrated hits on the Grand Event Center stage at Golden Nugget Lake Charles, Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 PM.           With hits like "I Say A Little Prayer", That's What Friends Are For", "Walk on By", "I'll Never Love This Way Again", "Then Came You", and "Alfie", Warwick is sec...More >>
  • Lawmakers proposing changes to Louisiana casino laws

    Lawmakers proposing changes to Louisiana casino laws

    Friday, January 19 2018 10:25 PM EST2018-01-20 03:25:31 GMT
    Golden Nugget Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)Golden Nugget Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)
    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana's river boat casino laws could finally see some changes.  The Legislative Task Force has recommended some proposals that Senator Ronnie Johns says he plans to sponsor in the upcoming legislative session.  Changes could be coming soon to Louisiana's riverboat casino laws.  The state's Legislative Task Force has recommended two proposals for the next legislative session.  The first proposal would allow casinos to move to...More >>
    After nearly 20 years, Louisiana's river boat casino laws could finally see some changes.  The Legislative Task Force has recommended some proposals that Senator Ronnie Johns says he plans to sponsor in the upcoming legislative session.  Changes could be coming soon to Louisiana's riverboat casino laws.  The state's Legislative Task Force has recommended two proposals for the next legislative session.  The first proposal would allow casinos to move to...More >>
  • Defense moves to recuse Judge Bradberry in Daigle capital murder case

    Defense moves to recuse Judge Bradberry in Daigle capital murder case

    Friday, January 19 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-01-20 01:24:37 GMT

      Attorneys defending Kevin Daigle-- have filed to recuse the judge in the case-- guy Bradberry.                Daigle is the man accused of capital murder in the killing of state trooper Steven Vincent. judge guy Bradberry was to issue a ruling dealing with evidence in the case against Kevin Daigle-- when the case came to a standstill.      that's because defense attorneys f...

    More >>

      Attorneys defending Kevin Daigle-- have filed to recuse the judge in the case-- guy Bradberry.                Daigle is the man accused of capital murder in the killing of state trooper Steven Vincent. judge guy Bradberry was to issue a ruling dealing with evidence in the case against Kevin Daigle-- when the case came to a standstill.      that's because defense attorneys f...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly