Blown up in Afghanistan, Andrew Knisley gained strength from two other severely injured comrades
Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
Andrew Knisley, a 24-year-old private in 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was eating Frosted Flakes at a forward operating base an hour’s drive east of Kandahar when he heard about Billy Kerr.
It was Oct. 15, 2008. Kerr, a militiaman in Knisley’s section, was standing on top of two artillery shells when they went off beneath his feet. He lost both legs and an arm, but he was alive.
“You wanna talk about badass,” recalls Knisley, a London, Ont., native. “Our captain said that Billy was on the chopper having a smoke with his remaining arm. He didn’t give two fucks. He even told one of the guys, ‘Hey, get the watch off my [other] a...