Sniper Fire Survivor & War Hero Meets With President Bush

A sniper’s bullet somehow flew barely under the Marine’s helmet, hitting just above his left ear. It severed facial nerves and parts of his ear, ripped a hole in the lower section of his skull and brain, and tore its way out through the back of his neck. But it missed his carotid artery by the thickness of a few sheets of paper. And it missed vital sections of his brain. It missed his vision and vocal controls, too.

Doctors told his family that 99 of 100 patients with similar injuries die.
But he was the other one.

Stars and Stripes
November 3, 2006

Lance Cpl. John McClellan returned home from Iraq in 2006 after surviving a sniper attack in Iraq.


This was from an April 2007 email from John’s family on their son’s recovery:

I don’t think I ever relayed this, but in the beginning when John was first injured, Our U.S. House of Representative, Kenny Hulshof had tried to visit John at the NNMC hosptial (before we arrived). Because he wasn’t a relative, they would not let him up to see John. I heard this from Rep. Hulshof’s assistant. At that time, I told him, “He should have told him he was my brother!!!” We laughed.

The next day, as Carl & I were leaving the Columbia airport for Bethesda, Rep Hulshof’s plane was arriving as we were waiting for our plane. We talked briefly and I reiterated my suggestion that “You should have told them you were my brother”. We laughed.

Yesterday, we were able to visit, Rep. Hulshof at his office at the Capitol. As we walked in and were greeted by him, John said, “Hi, Uncle Kenny!” We ALL laughed!! Kenny knew right away what that was all about. Too funny!!!

Today, Kenny Hulshoff is running for governor in Missouri.
Character counts.

Lance Cpl. John McClellan was given a hero’s welcome when he flew back home to Columbia, Missouri for Thanksgiving in 2006 only a month after nearly losing his life in Iraq.

This week, John’s family sends this news:

John met with President Bush in Washington DC.
It was a very proud moment for the whole family.
Congratulations John!

Previously on Lance Cpl. John McClellan:
The Life of Lance Cpl. John McClellan… A Story Too Hot for CNN
Meanwhile… Good News From Florida on Lance Cpl. McClellan
Happy Thanksgiving! 2006
Sniper Victim Lance Cpl. John McClellan Honored by Gov. Blunt
6 Months After Sniper Fire Nearly Killed Him, Lance Cpl. John McClellan Tours the Nation’s Capital

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