United States Army
Joe "Kap" Kapacziewski of Upatol, Ga., made history by becoming the first Army Airborne Ranger ever to return to combat after an amputation. Badly wounded in 2005 in Iraq by a grenade explosion, Joe suffered a severed nerve and artery in one arm, deep wounds on his hip and shattered bones in his right leg. He endured more than 42 surgeries on his leg, but it would not heal, and so he allowed doctors to amputate. Returning to Ranger duty on his prosthetic leg, Joe has served five combat deployments as an amputee. In 2010, he dragged a wounded Ranger to safety through relentless enemy gunfire, with the help of another soldier, to save the Ranger's life. The much-decorated Ranger is a mentor with CAF Operation Rebound.