Md. Marine Shares His Story
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:11 PM EDT
This Memorial Day, we share the story of one of America's own war heroes who is giving simple advice to honor those who have served.
Corporal Tony Porta served his country well. His live and his face reflect his own personal history as a survivor of the war in Iraq.
"I just wanted to do my part... to serve my country and then just continue with my life," Porta said.
Porta was driving a supply truck with two other Marines on May 5, 2007 when an explosion happened.
His two fellow Marines, Charles Palmer and Kenneth Mack, died instantly in the explosion, but Porta says they helped guide him to safety.
"They were cheering me... to get up and go to safety," Porta said.
Porta has endured more than 100 surgeries in the past six years. "I got burned almost all over my body."
While the explosion may have stolen his looks, it was a woman name Daisy who stole his heart. Daisy and Porta now share a son named Kenneth Charles, named after the fellow Marines that helped save his life.
Tony says he is enjoying his family and says his life is good.