Marine veteran crawls across Boston Marathon finish line in honor of three fallen comrades

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(CBS News)- On Boston’s Marathon Monday, thousands of determined people ran across the finish line on Boylston Street. But one resilient man didn’t run across – he crawled. His name is Micah Herndon, and he is a Marine veteran who told himself he would do anything to finish the race.

The vet from Ohio told CBS Boston his legs locked near mile 22. Herndon, who served in Afghanistan, fell to the ground. Others might have given up and waited for medical assistance, but Herndon started crawling. 

He wasn’t in the race for himself, he was doing it to honor three Marine comrades who died in a bombing attack overseas. He has their names tattooed on his hand, and they gave him strength during the marathon.

“I say their last names out loud while I’m listening to my music,” Herndon told CBS Boston. “I just repeat: ‘Ballard, Hamer, Juarez. Ballard, Hamer, Juarez.'”

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