Marine Corporal Joseph Piram
Cpl Piram is now retired, and living in Minnesota with his family. Joe joined the Marine Corps after graduation from high school in 2004. He served two, 7-month long tours in Iraq, and was injured in Afghanistan only 2 months away from completing his service in the Marine Corps. On June 20, 2008, an improvised explosive device hit his Humvee.
Joe was burned over 35% of his body and broke his back in the incident. He has extensive scarring on the right side of his face and has no right ear. Joe has had facial reconstruction done on his nose and is still seeing our dermatology department to reduce redness from his burn injuries. Joe continues to stay positive and is back in school pursuing his Bachelor's degree.