Morristown soldier returns home after being shot twice in combat

Morristown soldier returns home after being shot twice in combat

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"There's more like me out there that have gotten hurt and not made it home," Croxdale said. "There's more like me out there that have gotten hurt and not made it home," Croxdale said.
The Croxdale family says they are thankful for the community support. The Croxdale family says they are thankful for the community support.
That all or nothing attitude perhaps saved Travis Croxdale's life last month when his platoon was caught in a fire fight in the eastern edge of Afghanistan. That all or nothing attitude perhaps saved Travis Croxdale's life last month when his platoon was caught in a fire fight in the eastern edge of Afghanistan.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter


MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown family is welcoming back their son after he was shot in the leg twice while in combat in Afghanistan.

Pvt. Travis Croxdale, 20, of the U.S. Army's Third infantry division, a  2011 graduate of Morristown-East High School, just returned to his hometown late last night after rehabbing at a military base in Georgia.

Travis Croxdale's parents say their son is the type of guy who excels at everything he tries, including football, wrestling and acting.

"He's always 110 percent, everything he does," said Travis' mother, Anise Croxdale. 

That all or nothing attitude perhaps saved Travis Croxdale's life last month when his platoon was caught in a fire fight in the eastern edge of Afghanistan.

Croxdale was initially shot once in the knee.

"Because the adrenaline was pumping it really felt a fastball had hit my knee," said Croxdale. 

A second bullet ricocheted from hitting another platoon member and hit Travis in the calf.

"He continued to stay in the fight and do his job, I've always been more proud of him, but that really made me proud than anything he could ever done," said Travis' father Robert Croxdale. 

Croxdale is a 23-year-old veteran of the National Guard who's been deployed twice to Afghanistan.

Despite his military experience, he says he was in complete shock when he heard his son had been shot. Travis enlisted in the Army straight out of high school.

His father was deployed to the Middle East with the National Guard when Travis signed up.

"I knew what he was doing, but never thought about him being hurt," said Robert Croxdale.  

Travis is resting comfortably with his parents and two siblings in his Morristown home.

Doctors expect he'll make a full recovery and could walk within a matter of weeks. 

"The hand of god was on my child, nobody will convince me otherwise," said Robert Croxdale.  

The Croxdale family says they are thankful for the community support.

Local organizations helped the family pay for their trip to visit Travis in a military hospital in Maryland and during when Travis was rehabbing at his military base at Fort Stewart, Georgia.  

Travis' girlfriend Sydney traveled from her home in Iowa to visit.

"It helped a lot. It really helped to have my Sydney there," Travis said.  

Croxdale received a Combat Infantryman Badge and also the Purple Heart.  

"There's more like me out there that have gotten hurt and not made it home," Croxdale said.

Doctors expect Pvt. Travis Croxdale to make a full recovery and he may possibly be able to return to serve in the infantry.  

Once his medical leave is up next month, he'll head back to his base in Fort Stewart, Georgia.

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