Cpl. Phillip Matthew Baldwin,
2012 Medalist
From the time he was young, serving his country as a Marine was his dream. Cpl. Baldwin entered the Marine Corps one month after graduating from Highland High School. He immediately loved the esprit de corps and wore his uniform with great pride, often participating in local parades, visiting high schools and speaking to young people about his experiences in the military. On June 18, 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, Cpl. Baldwin was severely wounded when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He lost both of his legs: his left leg above the knee and his right leg all the way to his hip. He also lost his left pinky finger, suffered severe internal injuries and 80% hearing loss.

Cpl. Baldwin continues to be a part of the Pocatello community as he has returned several times throughout this past year to participate in numerous military, Pow Wow and cultural events. He spends time speaking at local elementary schools. With the use of prosthesis, Cpl. Baldwin is able to walk. Presently, he is training to participate in the Para-Olympics this fall in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Balboa Para-Olympics team in San Diego, California. He expects to start college and looks forward to writing his autobiography. Baldwin is a great example of true strength, endurance and adaptability for everyone as he continues to move forward, conquering each and every obstacle set before him. He is a Marine, a Native American, a protective father, a hero, a proud Idahoan and an inspiration to all who meet him.