Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain on Thursday.
30-year-old Linville lost his leg in Afghanistan, and also suffered a severe brain injury when a bomb that he was defusing went off back in 2011.
Despite his injuries, Linville was determined to climb Mt. Everest, and he succeeded on his third attempt.
“Charlie Linville has officially made history as the first combat wounded #veteran to ever reach the top of Mount Everest. He couldn’t have reached the top of the world without your support and encouragement. With this accomplishment, Operation 7 Summits is complete!” The Heroes Project announced on Instagram.
We’re proud to announce that on May 19th at 9:22 AM PDT, Team THP reached the summit of #Everest! #USMC #SSGT Charlie Linville has officially made history as the first combat wounded #veteran to ever reach the top of Mount Everest. He couldn't have reached the top of the world without your support and encouragement. With this accomplishment, Operation 7 Summits is complete! #OperationEverest #TheHeroesProject #CombatWoundedVet #SupportOurVets
The group uses the climbs to empower wounded veterans and inspire them to do great things.
“I was looking for something to completely change myself… and really get rid of the demons that were created from war,” Linville told CBS in April before leaving on his journey.
12:30 pm May 19, 2016 Nepali time. The Heroes Project was the first team to reach the summit from the Tibet northface of Everest putting the first combat wounded veteran on top of the world. The founder and expedition leader of The Heroes Project, Tim Medvetz, took a chance on an early summit bid when no other teams would. The winds on the summit were reaching 50mph when the team left their high camp at 3:30 am. It took them 9 hours, reaching the summit at 12:30pm, changing USMC SSGT Charlie Linville's life and hopefully inspiring more injured veterans to overcome their injuries from the war.
He is living proof that perseverance pays off.
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[Featured Image Credit: Instagram- The Heroes Project]