Marine Who Saved Kelsee Lainhart Receives Bronze Star Medal

Wyatt Wilson is a hero.

Kelsee Lainhart with Wyat Wilson. Photo by Stacey Lainhart/Caring Bridge.

(Undated) - Kelsee Lainhart and Wyatt Wilson will forever be linked. 

Nearly a year ago, Lainhart was seriously injured during a terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed 13 U.S. military members and wounded several others. 

Wilson, a fellow Marine, was also injured in the attack but helped retrieve Lainhart and get her to a medivac vehicle for treatment.

This week, Sgt. Wilson received the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” device for valor for his heroism, reports Task and Purpose

Lainhart was unsure if she would ever get to meet Wilson following the attack, but the two were reunited at a Washington, D.C. area hospital last September. 

In an online post at, Lainhart called Wilson "her hero".  

"I don’t know how you were able to save my life given your injuries, but I thank God for you and your strength and that you are alive today for me to be able to thank you," said Lainhart. 

Lainhart is continuing physical therapy in Chicago. 

You can follow her progress at Kelsee | Journal (


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