JOSEPH C. MIXSON
SERGEANT US ARMY
CATLIN MIXSON STORY
Sergeant Mixson Battle Buddies
YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ROCK
NO MISSION TO DIFFICULT
NO SACRIFICE TO GREAT
Catlin Mixson, the strapping 6-foot-5-inch soldier from Williston, Florida was assigned to a newly formed unit as part of the surge.
Company C, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division based in Fort Riley, Kansas.
4, 2007 at around 10:30 AM on a Tuesday morning, five men in a Humvee led a five-truck patrol through the traffic of Route Predator,
know as one of the deadliest roads in the New Baghdad district of Iraq's capital. The patrol was on its way to a gas station, where
the men of Company C, 2nd Platoon were taking an engineer to do some assessment work of concrete barriers protecting the location.
As the soldiers neared the station at about 10:45 AM an EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrator),
a weapon favored by Shitte millitias,
ripped thru the humvee killing three. Mixson and Crookston were still alive but clinging to life. Five months later PFC Crookston
died from his injuries.
Sergeant Mixson a Corporal at the time is the only survivor who had both his legs amputated.
After several months
of recovery, Mixson returned home to a heroes welcome.
Today Sergeant Mixson is doing fine. He works on his father Cattle Ranch, goes
hunnting, fishing and speaks at local schools and veterans event in the area.
In June, 2010 Sergeant Mixson returned to Iraq as part
of Operation Proper Exit. To learn more about this Orgainaztion click on the following link.