"It's been quite a ride," Richard Jadick said as he reflected back on 2006. That is a monumental understatement.
The third-year urology resident at Medical College of Georgia, and Navy commander still on active duty, has been on a whirlwind of appearances since his story first appeared in The Augusta Chronicle in January.
Dr. Jadick received a Bronze Star with a combat V for valor for his heroics in setting up a forward aide station and patching up hundreds of wounded while U.S. Marines retook the insurgent-held city of Fallujah in Iraq.
His story and portrait later graced the cover of Newsweek and he has since been on the Today Show and Fox News and has made numerous speaking engagements. He has donated any speaking fees to a research fund for the urology residents.
He has also penned a book, with the help of some writers, called On Call in Hell that will come out March 7.
The most important speaking engagements, however, have been his conversations with the families of the 21 Marines of his battalion who died while they were in Iraq, most of them in Fallujah.
"It took me several months, and that was painful," Dr. Jadick said.
"But it's their story and it is the story I tell in the book and that's the story that needs to get out there. Whether you believe in the war or not, we have a great country, with great people who are willing to put themselves on the line for us, for everyone, for their beliefs."
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