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Veteran carries fellow Marine on his back to top of mountain

Posted at 6:19 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 10:57:07-04

The story of two veterans who went on a hike in Utah is going viral.

That is because veteran John Nelson recently carried his buddy Jonathon Blank on his back to the top of Mount Timpanogos near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathon Blank lost his legs in 2010 after an improvised explosive device exploded near him in Afghanistan.


John Nelson, who served with Blank in the Force Reconnaissance Marines, was visiting Nelson when he asked him if he wanted to go hiking.

It took more than a day and a half to complete the 14-mile hike to the top.

As Marines, the two men were used to carry rucks weighing 80 pounds. However, Blank currently weighs 135 pounds. Additionally, they were carrying about 10 pounds of supplies.

Other hikers say they were inspired by the sight of the two men and so are we.