Navy Corpsman Joel Booth’s main goal in Afghanistan was to earn the respect of the Marines he was assigned to serve. He wanted to be the best ‘doc’ he could be. Booth gained their admiration during operations. But after he stepped on an IED, he was Medevaced from the country. Yet it wasn’t the loss of his lower right leg that nearly killed Booth, but having to leave his brothers in danger without him.
Now, on Booth’s torso is a tattoo of a baby holding hands with an angel and the Grim Reaper. Just below the supernatural trio is a tombstone with Booth’s birth date. Next to it is the date Booth stepped on the IED, but it’s been crossed out.
“There is a chisel in the angel’s hand,” Booth explains, “meaning it’s not my time yet.”