Two servicemen reunited just before the Hope for the Warriors walk

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Posted by Debra Worley - email

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Thousands of people are expected to participate in a walk on Camp Lejeune this weekend.

Hope for the Warriors is sponsoring the fundraiser in honor of service men and women hurt or killed fighting for our freedom.

Just a day before the event, two servicemen were reunited.

It's been a rocky road for former Marine Colin Smith. He was shot in the head by a sniper in the Village of Karma in 2006 - he wasn't expected to make it.

"We owe a special debt of gratitude to Doc Kirby," said Colin's father, Bob Smith. "He was the first one to keep him stabilized to have a chance."

It has been several years since Colin last saw the man who is credited with saving his life.  Navy Corpsman Dustin Kirby gave Colin a big hug when they were reunited Friday.

"He was breathing, so I just kept him breathing and I applied a loose dressing, so that whatever he bled would be okay," said Dustin.

Ironically, two months after Colin was wounded by a sniper, Dustin also fell victim to an enemy shooter.

As the two joked around for the first time since they were roommates on base, Dustin said he was only doing what he was trained for.

"It's the only good thing I've ever done in my life," said Dustin.  "The only good think I've ever done in my life is sitting right here."

Both Colin and Dustin will be participating in Saturday's Hope for the Warriors Walk on Base at Camp Lejeune.  The start time is 7:45 AM - to register online for the race, click here.

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