Lt. Col. Greg Gadson in BattleshipPICTURE: Universal PicturesLieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson is not only an actor in one of this Summer’s biggest action movies, playing “Mick Canales,” he is an actual decorated Army commander who served in Iraq. In 2007 Gadson lost both of his legs when his car was hit by a roadside bomb. When the creators of Battleship wanted to include a character who had been wounded in the film, Gadson’s story of recovery made him ideal

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It should be noted that Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson served our country and continues to serve us with pride and as a great example. A highly decorated soldier, Gadson was Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 32 Field Artillery in Iraq when on the evening of May 7, 2007, he was severely wounded by an IED resulting in the loss of both legs above the knee and a severely damaged right arm and hand. Refusing to be defined by the proverbial “hail of bullets,” he has since drawn upon the lessons of Pride, Poise, and Team learned as a West Point linebacker and applied them to his life, his career and his family. Despite Gadson’s greatest challenge, he remains on active duty service in the military and continues to inspire many with his message of courage, perseverance, determination, and teamwork.

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