U.S. Army Sergeant First Class John Goudie enlisted in the military because he wanted to follow his family’s long legacy of military service. He would rise to join the elite 7th Special Forces Group, undertaking the most dangerous missions in hostile territories.
While on a combat mission in Afghanistan, SFC Goudie was shot several times at point blank range by an Afghan Special Forces Soldier. He suffered injuries to his shoulders and chest resulting in a shoulder replacement, and the eventual loss of his left leg to amputation. Even after receiving those injuries, he deployed twice more to Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 on his prosthetic.
His injuries resulted in the amputation of his left leg, a humerus replacement, internal wounds, loss of muscle tissue, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and PTSD.
For his service to his country, Sergeant First Class Goudie is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Bronze Star Medal (2x), Army Commendation medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Professional Development Ribbon (3x), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (2x), Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.