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Staff Sgt William Castillo

In 2007, while on a mission to rescue Marines who were under attack, Army SSG Castillo’s vehicle was struck by an IED. Despite head trauma and numbing throughout his body, he courageously continued to fight. While under heavy enemy fire, he fought his way back to the vehicle in an attempt to save fellow soldiers.

During the battle, SSG Castillo was shot five times; twice in the chest, once on the top of his head and once in the right leg. Still struggling to get back to the Humvee, he was struck again. This round struck him under the chin and exited out his mouth. As he reached the driver of the burning vehicle, an RPG struck the Humvee and severed his left leg above the knee. William was the only survivor.

For his courage and bravery, he was awarded The Purple Heart. Castillo has dedicated himself to help other wounded soldiers. William and his wife Katherine have four children.


Special Thanks to


Oak Crest Lumber

Modern Plumbing Industries

Energy Air

Tijuana Flats

Orange County Fire Department

Ocoee Fire Department

John Madison Landscaping

D Windows

Major Contributors !

Project Location: 
Orlando / Florida
Groundbreaking Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 3:30pm
Homecoming Date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 3:30pm