“My Eyesight Was Saved That Day”
Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class William Ferguson was standing ten feet away when the bomb went off.
The thunderous concussion of the blast at such close range was deafening. The casing that housed a 40-pound improvised explosive hidden in the car erupted, sending chunks of shrapnel ripping through the Afghan sky.
“One of those pieces struck me right on my glasses,” Ferguson said, “Aside from having the worst headache of my life, I had no other injuries. The Oakley M Frame® did not even have a scratch. My eyesight was saved that day.”
Better still, Ferguson got to his feet and checked on his platoon-mates to find none of them was injured by the blast. (An investigation revealed that a heavy rain fell a few days prior to the blast, soaking the explosive material to the extent that only half of it went off when Ferguson and his platoon were nearby.)
Ferguson, a native of Athens, TN, is serving his first tour in Afghanistan. He describes the March 12, 2010 explosion this way:
“My platoon was returning from a company’s position when the first vehicle was struck by an IED (improvised explosive device),” he said. “We began to take all of the serialized gear out of the truck… (and) next we motioned for the wrecker to back up to the vehicle to remove the mine roller, which was underneath the vehicle. As it came to a slow stop, it rolled over the pressure plate and set off the secondary IED.”
Corpsman Ferguson’s harrowing tale is a stunning validation for the investment Oakley makes in engineering unparalleled impact protection in our sunglasses—and in our relationship with the United States armed forces.
“I do believe that the impact quality in Oakley eyewear is well known amongst my Marines,” he said. “All of my senior Marines wear them. I wear Oakleys for both the style and the protection. Obviously more for the protection now.”