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John Wayne Walding delivers message at Lecture Luncheon event

John Wayne Walding delivers message at Lecture Luncheon event

Thu May 3, 2018

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Former Green Beret and amputee John Wayne Walding recently appeared at a Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series event at the Dow Academic Center at Brazosport College. Pictured with Walding is the Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series Committee including, from left, Tracee Watts, Gail Steele, Doris Williams, Serena Andrews, Annette Melass, Walding, Sherrie Garrett, Jackie Swisher, Carol McKinney, Roni Barksdale, Nancy Oelfke, Jackie King, Ginger Deal and Lisa Baker. Committee members not pictured are Barbara Monical, Anita Rau and Jan McConnell.

Former Green Beret and amputee John Wayne Walding recently appeared at the Brazosport College Foundation’s final Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series event of the year.

Walding closed the 2017-18 Lecture Luncheon series, which also featured author and breast cancer survivor Kelly Corrigan and art historian Tina Rivers Ryan earlier in the season. This was the ninth season the Brazosport College Foundation has hosted the popular series.

As a Green Beret who fought an epic battle for which he and his comrades earned the prestigious Silver Star, Walding distinguished himself beyond measure on the battlefield. It was during the harrowing battle of Shok Valley on April 6, 2008, that Walding lost his leg to a sniper, and yet returned fire for four more hours with his severed lower limb tied to his thigh. The incredible story of that six-hour fight is detailed in the book, “No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan” by Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer.

Post-injury, Walding attended Special Forces Sniper School and upon graduation became the first amputee ever to become a Green Beret Sniper. Using a hand crank, he went on to compete in the 2009 Boston Marathon, in which he finished fourth, finished in the Top 10 in the 2009 New York Marathon, and ran the Army 10 Miler.

Now he is an entrepreneur at 5 Toes Custom, giving veterans a place for transitioning and wounded vets to come learn a craft and regain their independence in the company of fellow vets who understand that the battle never ends.

During his appearance at Brazosport College, Walding inspired the audience with his personal stories of overcoming obstacles and facing adversity.

The Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series is a series of events intended to help promote cultural enrichment for all women hosted by the Brazosport College Foundation.

Next season’s Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series will feature three more dynamic speakers, including playwright and film lecturer Marc Lapadula on Oct. 11; social researcher and author Shaunti Feldhahm on Feb. 7, 2019 and popular newspaper advice columnist Amy Dickinson on April 5, 2019.

For more information about the Women’s Lecture Luncheon Series, call (979) 230-3234.