Jared LaDuke

Specialist Jared it still active duty, completing his second year of physical therapy after being injured in Iraq.  The gunner in the lead vehicle transporting a high-ranking official, the convoy detoured around  bombed-out roads and were struck by an EFP (explosively formed penetrator designed to penetrate armor).  Jared has a salvaged left leg from the…

Max Faistenhammer

Max Faistenhammer, is a  police officer, known for his athletic and adventurous spirit.  A motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, but is has not slowed him down.   He was certified by Capital City Scuba in Lansing, MI in 2011 and now enjoys diving along with four-wheeling and boating.

Christopher Hull

Corporal Christopher Hull spent more than 3 years in the Army before he was injured in a car accident in 2007 while on leave.  Now a quadriplegic, he is still active and looks forward to diving with the pirates in Cayman Brac.

Randal Vandever

Corporal Randal joined the Army in 2005 and retired as a result of his injuries, ambushed and shot in the arm. To this day he suffers from nerve damage and limited use of his right arm and hand, but continues to look for ways to enjoy the outdoors. Randal trained with his cousin, Jesse Cannon,…

Thomas L. Hudson

Senior Airman Thomas is still active duty with the Air force after losing most of the fingers on his right hand while serving in Iraq. The water actually took away most of his hand pain. His wife, Katelyn, is also active military and trained to be his dive buddy for the 2011 trip.

Mitch Green

Mitch was born without sight, but between his thrill of adventure and supportive family, he’s a challenge to keep up with. Mitch is married with four children and is a computer technician. He wanted to try scuba diving as another dimension of adventure into the unknown.

Travis Clennon

Staff Sergeant After four tours of duty, Travis was injured on his last tour, Afghanistan, by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).  Considered an incomplete paraplegic, he’s quite mobile with the help of leg braces and thoroughly enjoyed the 2011 “Brac with Friends” tour as a Dive Pirate.

Christina Davidson

Christina is an active 23-year-old who was born with cerebral palsy.  A graduate of the University of Alabama with degrees in Biology and Psychology, she’s now living in Albuquerque pursuing medical school.  She is a 2011 Dive Pirate recipient, trained at the New Mexico Scuba Center.

Gina McWilliams

An accomplished athlete, Gina lost her right leg below the knee in an automobile accident at age 25.   Her left foot was severed and reattached.  Since the accident, Gina has won metals in wheelchair basketball and volleyball, and is currently the coach for the Ignite Volleyball Club and serves as the middle school volleyball…

Randy Smith

Randy is an active member of his community, working at the Army Depot and managing a number of rental properties in the Corpus Christi area.  He lost his leg to a drunk-driver accident when he was 19, but continues to live a very active life that now includes diving.