Thomas C. Linville was born in Boise, Idaho on August 22, 1985. He is the youngest and only son in his family. He has three sisters, Elizabeth 30, Brooke 28, and Heather 27. His parents Tom 60 and Christine 54 are divorced, but remarried and live in Boise, Idaho. Charlie grew up in Boise playing soccer for a traveling team, and attending elementary school, middle school, and high school in his home town. Charlie graduated from Boise High School in 2004 despite the challenges he faced when his father was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma during his Freshman year of high school. Eager to pursue his aspirations of serving in the United States military, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California on January 22, 2006. After graduating boot camp he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton in May 2006. Sergeant Linville married his high school sweetheart Mandi 22 on August 26, 2006. Having successfully completely SOI training, Sergeant Linville became a 0351, Assault man. He was stationed temporarily with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, and shortly after found his home with the marines of 3rd Battalion 5th Marines as the 0351 section leader. After completing successful deployment preparations, Sergeant Linville deployed with 3/5 to Fallujah, Iraq from September 2007 to April 2008, just two weeks after the birth of his first daughter Taylor 3. During his tour he was combat meritoriously promoted to Corporal for actions taken while conducting infantry operations. While serving in Iraq, Sergeant Linville occupied the role of NCOIC of Observation Post O'haire, and was one of three patrol leaders for mounted security missions within the Company's area of operation.
Charlie returned from Iraq and decided to pursue his interest in explosives further. He submitted a lateral move to change his MOS from 0351 Assault man to 2336 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. While awaiting orders to attend Naval School of Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Sergeant Linville completed on the job training at Base EOD at Camp Pendleton, California. Once he completed OJT duties at the base shop, he received orders to NAVSCHOOL EOD, where reported in on March 26, 2008. Upon completion of NAVSCHOOL EOD on November 13, 2009 Charlie received orders to 9th ESB 3rd EOD Company on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. While stationed in Okinawa, Sergeant Linville received his second Letter of Appreciation for his volunteer work with the Marine Corps Thrift Shop. Charlie was assigned to a team where he trained for six months prior to deploying. Two months before deploying, Charlie and Mandi delivered their second daughter Dyllan 7 months on August 5, 2010. He left for Helmand Province, Afghanistan in October of 2010 where secured, he then conducted EOD operations sweeping the surrounding area so as to allow the safe and timely landing of air medevac personnel. Once his team leader was safely in the air and in route to the hospital, Sergeant Linville conducted post blast analysis and returned to base. Sgt Linville received his Combat Action Ribbon for his efforts and is currently pending individual awards for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Sergeant Linville was placed with a new EOD team and continued operations in Sangin. While working with his new team, Sergeant Linville disarmed a multitude of IEDs. On January 20, 2011, Sergeant Linville and his team were responding to an IED detonation. While conducting a sweep of the surrounding area, Sergeant Linville was struck by a tertiary device. The IED blasted Charlie into the air, and brought him directly down into the blast crater. The explosion inflicted multiple injuries on Sergeant Linville, some visible others not. Sergeant Linville suffered fractures to his right foot including his cuboid, calcaneous, and two outer metatarsals, in addition to fractures sustained in his right middle finger, and amputation of his right ring finger. Other injuries that resulted from the blast include a degenerated disk in his lower spine, PTSD, and mild traumatic brain injury. After Charlie was medically evacuated he was flown to Bastian Medical Center where he underwent surgery on his hand. Next Sergeant Linville was flown to Bagram Air Force Base where he underwent additional surgery on his hand. Once Charlie was flown out of Afghanistan he went to Germany for three nights. He then flew to Bethesda, Maryland for a night and finally reached his destination at Balboa Naval Hospital where he received multiple surgeries on his hand and foot in order to restore usability of both. Charlie has undergone multiple experimental surgeries in order to walk independently once more. He has completed occupational therapy on his right hand and regained 80% functionality. He continues operations and therapy on his foot and back in order to walk, sit, and stand without the IDEO brace and other supports etc. Charlie will lose his foot to a below the knee amputation this summer after fighting for over a year to save it.
Charlie's injuries have impaired him significantly but he is determined to return to full functionality. Depsite his injuries and debilitating pain, he has volunteered his time with the Armed Services YMCA building houses with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering with Feed America. He plans to medically retire from active duty as an EOD Tech and focus on regaining function in his back as well as mobility. Charlie plans to attend Boise State University through the Wyakin Warrior Foundation. He will seek a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He will not let his injuries interfere with living a full and happy life and he will go on to do amazing things to support his family and his community.