May 24, 2016
Capt. Elyse Ping Medvigy, an active-duty field artillery officer currently assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., was the first to reach the summit at Mount Everest from Team USX. Ping Medvigy is holding a picture of PFC Keith Williams and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Prange. Medvigy said via text message: "I think about the fallen soldiers I'm climbing for every day, especially when things got difficult on the mountain." (Photo: www.USX.vet)An Army veteran who lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq reached the summit of Mount Everest on Tuesday, becoming the second combat amputee to climb the mountain in six days, according to a veterans group that sponsored the expedition.
Chad Jukes, 32, made the climb with a prosthesis. A Marine veteran who also lost his right leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, Thomas Charles "Charlie" Linville, 30, reached the summit of Everest on Thursday, becoming what is believed to the first combat amputee to conquer the mountain.
The current climbing season for the 29,029-foot mountain has been marred by the deaths of three climbers during the past weekend; two others are missing.
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