Veteran Marine Carries Fellow Soldier Whose Legs Were Blown-off Up A Mountain

A veteran marine carries his fellow soldier who lost his legs in combat up the Mount Timpanogos.

Marine Corps

Jonathan Blank and Josh Nelson served together in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan 10 years ago and the duo has been good friends since then. They were part of the same special operations unit.

But sadly in October 2010, Jonathan lost his legs during battle when an improvised explosive device went off next to him. Josh was standing close to him when this happened.

Mount Timpanogos

Recently, the two marine brothers inspired many when they both decided to climb up Mount Timpanogos. Josh carried Jonathan on his back all the way up to the summit of the mountain.

“We shared a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where we were, and it was all worth it,” Jonathan said.

The idea of going to a hike together despite the situation of Jonathan crossed Josh’s mind when he drove past Mount Timpanogos in Utah.

“I’m going to take Jonathon to the top of that, by myself,” Josh recalls.

For about a day and a half, Josh carried Jonathan who weighs 135-pounds on his back and traversed more than 14 miles up the mountain with an elevation of 4,500 feet!


Other hikers noticed the duo and were amazed by the dedication of the two veterans.

“When you see that, you see that determination for them to do what they do, and you want to do that for you and your families,” Nate Larid, one of the hikers, said.

Indeed no matter the situation is, you can do anything!

“Not only have I lived through this, but we’re also special operations guys. We can do anything. We can maybe instill that mindset into other people,” Jonathan said.

Reference: CBS Evening News

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