MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - United States Marine Corps Sgt. Terry Orndorff will be concluding his military service today, but he said Monday was the perfect ending to his career.
Orndorff was awarded a Purple Heart during an afternoon Memorial Day service at Pleasant View Memory Gardens in Martinsburg - his hometown.
Orndorff was wounded in February when an explosive device detonated near him while he was serving in Iraq. He had been there eight months when he was injured, and he said it was at least the 10th explosion he had survived during that time.
Orndorff had a severe concussion, a damaged ear drum and some lower back injuries, he said.
He returned home in March to his wife, Lori, and 4-year-old son, Avery. When Orndorff was able to choose how he wanted to receive his Purple Heart, he decided he wanted to receive the honor in Martinsburg during the Memorial Day service.