Young boy loses prosthetic limb during triathlon, Marines carry him to finish (5 HQ Photos)

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The boy was 11-year-old Ben Baltz of Valparaiso, Florida. When he was six, Ben was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg, his fibula and tibia had to be removed.

Ben walks with a mechanical knee and prosthetic walking leg, which he switches out for a running leg to play sports. On Sunday, Ben competed in the Sea Turtle Kids Triathlon. Ben had completed the 150-yard swim and 4-mile bike ride and half the one-mile run when a screw came loose and his running leg broke in half.

As he lay on the ground Private First Class Matthew Morgan swept the boy up. Surrounded by his fellow Marines, Matthew brought Ben through the rest of the course. Eye witnesses said there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Said his commanding officer,

"(Matthew's) not a very big guy ... he picked that young boy up quick, threw him on his back and ran the rest of the course ... We're pumped. It's great to see what Marines do. They don't leave anybody behind."

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  • NHale

    From an ex soldier,… Ooh-rah Marine. Semper Fi

  • Paula

    This is not only an awesome story but a great inspiration!! I love my fellow service members! More people need and should act like this, kindness goes way farther than one may think!

  • mshaw166

    motherfucking ooorah!

  • MrLopez

    Hooah! dusty in here

  • WebFerret

    Legend! What more can you say.

  • wtf

    Semper Fi

  • fadzel

    Damn ninjas, why are they cutting onions now..

  • Mrs. Harrison Ford

    Thank you, Marines!! KCCO!

  • Chelle

    This is why I love marines. Makin us girls cry with your awesome heroics.

  • Joe

    Good to see pfc's stepping up and showing our true colors. Semper Fidelis and stay motivated

  • Davy85

    Legend… few deep breaths to get through that story

  • naughtygrog

    The very best of the best just doing what they do. God bless and Chive On

  • wyatt

    lawl i thought the title read "boy loses pathetic limb"

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  • TheHoaxy

    yet again TheChive make a direct hit on me and i'm weeping like a four year old.

    Truly awesome!

  • Anderson463

    Hoo-Rah! Semper-Fi!

  • Rebecca

    Such a beautiful soul.

  • Allan

    I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Marines, and this just reinforces it. I wish all the tree-hugging, anti-military types would look at these types of things to re-evaluate their prejudices (instead of focusing on the occasional transgression my military personnel over the years…. How often do you still hear "Baby killers!!!" used by those fuqtards?!? The latest one in Canada is a store that is selling t-shirts that have the slogan "Join the army, learn a skill: butchery" (with a picture of a baby stucj to a bayonet)…. Keep it classy, pinkos…. Link to post with image of t-shirt (NSFW, or for anybody with a weak stomach):

  • shannon

    Ilove the marines. Bet it made that boys life :)thats so sweet.

  • andrew

    poor boy probably his OTHER leg got tore when he fell because it was his last lap and he probably gave it his all and fell OOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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