"I thought she was cute, but I was concerned with doing my job, not finding a girlfriend," says Zach.Deep down, though, their friendship meant a lot to him."Whenever I told anybody what happened, I would start with, 'There was this really hot female marine sitting behind me,'" he says with a smile.Amy had been thinking about him too, but another three weeks passed before her unit commander located Zach and arranged a phone call for the unit. As Zach tackled grueling physical therapy for the next five months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC, Amy continued her service in Iraq, receiving the Navy Achievement Medal for bravery for her actions that horrible day on the bridge."I was sitting with him expecting insurgents to fire on us." Mercifully, they didn't. Zach's shattered jaw had transformed his face into a swollen mass.Zach realized that, at a minimum, his life would never be the same again, and there was something he wanted to know—in case he didn't make it. His body was marred by shrapnel and covered with wounds.
They're constant reminders of just how lucky they are.
It Happened In an Instant On the morning of October 2, 2005, their convoy left Al Taqaddum, just outside Fallujah, for the 60-mile trip south to Karbala. "You're all right now." She soon realized he was anything but.