Army Staff Sergeant William Castillo


Army Staff Sergeant William Castillo, bombed out of his Humvee, fighting his way back to the burning vehicle to save two soldiers still in it, got shot five times, twice in the chest (vested), once in the head (helmeted), once in the leg, and once under the chin – the last shot exiting through his mouth. He pressed on, bleeding and in blinding pain from a cracked skull. Reaching the Humvee driver, a RPG rocket sliced into the truck, severing William’s leg above the knee. He alone survived the mission. SSgt. William Castillo, his wife Katherine, and their four children currently reside in Central Florida.