- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A group that helps wounded veterans says a 30-year-old Idaho native has become the first combat wounded veteran to climb Mount Everest.

The Heroes Project announced Thursday that retired U.S. Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville had reached the 29,029-foot summit.

The group says it was the third attempt to reach the summit by the Boise High School graduate after previous tries in 2014 and 2015.

Linville was defusing bombs in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was injured as an explosive device detonated, leading to the amputation of his right foot.

The Heroes Project said Linville and the rest of the team were descending the mountain.


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