Joshua Sweeney

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Josh Sweeney
Josh Sweeney.jpg
Sweeney in 2015
Born (1987-06-06) June 6, 1987 (age 30)
Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2005–2010
Rank USMC-E5.svg Sergeant
Unit 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines[1]
Battles/wars

Global War on Terrorism

Awards Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Joshua Sweeney
Josh Sweeney 2.jpg
Sweeney in 2015
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Education Ironwood High School

Joshua Sweeney is an American gold medal sled hockey player and Purple Heart recipient who competed in 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

Early life[edit]

Sweeney's passion for hockey began at an early age, as he played ice hockey during middle school & competed in his high school team.[2] A graduate Ironwood High School's class of 2005, he shortly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Military life[edit]

On September 2009, Sergeant Sweeney was deployed to Afghanistan for his second deployment[3][4] as a scout sniper[5] to Nowzad,[2] Afghanistan.

On October 28, 2009, while on patrol duty, Sgt. Sweeney was injured when he stepped on an IED. The blast severed both his legs & caused injury to his left hand & arm. He had to wait 2 hours to be evacuated.[6]

Paralympic hockey career[edit]

In 2014, Sweeney joined Paralympic sled hockey team and lost 2-1 to the Russians.[7] Couple of days later, he scored the only goal with which his team won a gold medal in a final against the same country.[8] A native of Arizona, he is married and moved near Hillsboro, Oregon, in 2014.[9] He received a new specially adapted home from the Homes For Our Troops non-profit group in November 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/sweeney-628966-hockey-tillman.html
  2. ^ a b Angel Canales (July 24, 2013). "Wounded Marine Is a Rising Star in Sled Hockey". ABC News. Archived from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sled hockey's Josh Sweeney to receive inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service". Team USA. Associated Press. June 25, 2014. Archived from the original on July 5, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Josh Sweeney earns Tillman Award". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 2, 2014. Archived from the original on July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Angel Canales (July 24, 2013). "Wounded Marine Is a Rising Star in Sled Hockey". ABC News. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Joanne C Gerstner (January 9, 2014). "After being injured in Afghanistan, Josh Sweeney finds solace on ice". Archived from the original on January 13, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ Rob Harris (March 11, 2014). "From war to Paralympics, US vets compete on ice". Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Josh Sweeney leads USA to second straight sled hockey gold". IPC. March 15, 2014. Archived from the original on September 19, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Heerwagen, Art (April 6, 2014). "Skating into town". Hillsboro Tribune. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hammill, Luke (November 11, 2014). "Veterans Day: Injured Marine Sgt. Josh Sweeney receives free, wheelchair-accessible home from nonprofit". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on November 18, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.