Marine Shot, Plugs Holes with Fingers

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A U.S. Marine Corps officer said Friday he reacted as he was trained to do by chasing two men who stole a gold necklace he thought they were buying, and then using his fingers to plug bullet holes in his body when one of them opened fire. Lt. Col. Karl Trenker, a 29-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrated at a hospital news conference how he stuck his fingers on his left hand into two holes in his left chest and another finger from his right hand where a .22-caliber bullet entered his abdomen. His doctor said the move helped staunch the flow of blood. "I'm a Marine and I'm not going to run from a fight," Trenker said. "You wouldn't want a Marine to run from a fight. Call me crazy, call me stupid. I got shot once and it just angered me more. I wanted to get this guy. I got shot twice, and I re-evaluated that decision. I decided I need to stay alive." As for the use of his fingers, Trenker said, "I improvised." Read more at

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  1. Egyud
    Egyud Jan 27, 2012

    Corpsman to the deck!

  2. USS8807
    USS8807 Jul 31, 2013

    Pretty stupid to pursue the thieves with your kids in the vehicle. He's lucky they weren't hit by any rounds.

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