Sergeant First Class Roy Mitchell was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On November 23, 2003, he was conducting an orientation patrol along the Pakistan border when his vehicle struck a Russian anti-tank mine with 50-pounds of C-4.
Sergeant First Class Mitchell was pinned under the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes, and was evacuated to a field surgical team. He fell in and out of consciousness, and sustained shrapnel damage to the right eye, lower jaw and mid-section. He also suffered a shattered left elbow, third-degree burns on 30 percent of his right leg and an above the knee amputation on his left leg, and lost portions of his lower jaw bone and four teeth. Sergeant First Class Mitchell spent 10 months recovering at Walter Reed and endured more than 45 surgical procedures.
He returned to his unit to begin a three-year battle to finish his Army career. He currently serves as a Career Counselor and has just over four years before 20 years of active service retirement.