“When it blew up, I was knocked out for a minute,” he recalled. “When I came to, everyone was screaming. I didn’t know what was going on. I was confused.
“Then the pain hit. It was agony.”
At that point, he said, he resorted to some profanity.
“I tried to stand up. I fell on my face.”
He crawled his way over to an abandoned building, along with the other soldiers, and they called for a medical Stryker, he said.
They realized they were going to be OK. That’s when he started to laugh, he said.
“We were hurting,” Staggs said, “but everything else was fine.”
SPC Staggs and three other soldiers were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their Stryker on Oct. 21 in Baghdad. He's had surgery on his ankle which was shattered in the explosion. Staggs hopes to go back after he recuperates.
“I definitely want to go back. My team’s still there.”