Hundreds welcome wounded Marine home

December 18, 2011 4:34:45 PM PST
Friends, family, neighbors and dozens of others greeted Lance Corporal Joshua Misiewicz at his family's LaGrange home.

They thanked the Marine for his service. He was deployed to Afghanistan last Christmas. Five months into his seven-month tour of duty, he was wounded in an IED explosion and lost both of his legs. It's been a long road, but Lance Corporal Misiewicz is focused on the positive.

"This is just awesome. This welcome home has been unbelievable," Lance Corporal Misiewicz said Saturday about his huge homecoming. The 23-year old, who was wounded in July, spent five months at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda learning to walk again.

"I'm wearing shorties. It's the most basic leg. And then in a few months I'll move up to the more advanced leg with the mechanical knee," Lance Corporal Misiewicz said.

Lance Corporal Misiewicz's parents took turns traveling to Bethesda during his physical therapy.

"He has come a long way in five months to be walking through these doors on two prosthetic legs. I can't tell you how proud I am," Nancy Misiewicz.

"This is just too perfect. I'm so glad that I'm home for the holidays," Lance Corporal Misiewicz said.

Lance Corporal Misiewicz will spend two weeks at home with his family. Then he'll return to Bethesda for more physical therapy. He said he hasn't decided what his next step will be in his career, but he has a few options, including staying in the Marine Corps.

Lance Corporal Misiewicz's friends have set up a fund, called Join Hands for Josh, to help him on his road to recovery. Learn about it at

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