His sunrise runs take him five miles along the beautiful coastline here.... yet, the Army wanted to get rid of him. Why?
He speaks fluent traditional Chinese and, at 30, Skelton is a company commander with a promising future that includes graduate school and a tour in China as a foreign area officer.
Well, it dates back to 2004 and the Second Battle of Fallujah - and the results.
After 60 surgeries and six years battling an Army bureaucracy that tried to medically "retire" him, Skelton, 33, flew to Afghanistan last week to rejoin his old unit, the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment."Beyond the call of duty."
Skelton has only one eye, partial use of his left arm and right leg, and wears a prosthetic palate so he can eat and drink.
A phrase used too much. Go get your last couple of FITREPS and EVALS. Read them. Ponder.
Now measure yourself.
Here is an older story from 2008, and Part I & Part II from this month. Read them all and know, yes, this nation still produces such men.
Captain D.J. Skelton, USA. Fullbore.