MARQUETTE - A wounded soldier came home to Marquette Wednesday, nearly seven months after he was seriously injured overseas.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mark Zambon, 26, stepped on an improvised explosive device Jan. 1 while deployed in Afghanistan. Zambon lost both his legs above the knee in the explosion and has been under medical care and in physical rehabilitation since, and is now walking on C-Legs, which are prosthetic legs that allow bending at the knee.
"I'm really excited to see him and this (was) the first time I get to see him walk," said his mother, Barb Zambon.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Mark Zambon is first welcomed home with a hug by his mother, Barb Zambon, Wednesday night at Sawyer International Airport. Zambon lost both legs in fighting in Afghanistan. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
From left to right, Stephen, Barb, Mark, Nick, Phil and Jordan Zambon (brothers, mother and father) are seen. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
Mark graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2003 and joined the Marines soon afterward, becoming a senior technician. He was on his sixth deployment when he was injured and it wasn't the first injury he has seen.
Back in 2010, Mark lost the tips of three of his fingers on one of his hands.
"We're very thankful to God that our son is alive and he isn't sorrowful about what happened, because he has so much more life to live," Barb Zambon said.
Mark Zambon was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Navy Commendation Medal during his time in the service.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500.