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Nickname(s)  "J.R."
Battles and wars  Iraq War
Years of service  2003–2007
Rank  Sergeant
Other work  logroller
Name  J. Salzman

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Battles/wars  Operation Iraqi Freedom (WIA)
Service/branch  Minnesota Army National Guard
Education  University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin–Stout
Awards  Purple Heart, Iraq Campaign Medal, Best Outdoor Sportsman ESPY Award

Allegiance  United States of America

Darrell "J.R." Salzman (born 1979) is a champion logroller and an Iraq War veteran. ESPN has called him "among the preeminent outdoors athletes" of the last decade.


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Salzman grew up in Hayward, Wisconsin. His sisters, Tina Bosworth and Crystal Salzman, are also top logrollers. He attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout.

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Sports career

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Salzman was a competitor in log rolling and boom running, a sprint on floating logs, in all six seasons of ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, winning 14 medals (more than any other player). In 2005 he was awarded the Best Outdoor Sportsman ESPY.

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Between 1998 and 2010, he won eight world titles at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward.

Salzman used his log rolling skills as a stuntman in the film Cheaper by the Dozen 2.

Injury in Iraq

Salzman joined the National Guard, enlisting shortly after the two-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. His unit was activated as part of the 34th Infantry Division in the fall of 2005 and in the spring of 2006, he was deployed to Iraq.

On December 19, 2006, his vehicle was struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator. His right arm was severed below the elbow, his left hand was pulverized by the blast, and he suffereed a traumatic brain injury. He recovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a nearby Fisher House, learning to use a prosthetic arm and recover his physical skills. He is considered 100 percent physically disabled. Nevertheless, after returning to Hayward, he successfully logrolled again, practicing with and without his prosthetic. Salzman returned to competition, and won a log rolling world title in 2009.

Personal life

Salzman runs a milblog, "Lumberjack in a Desert", on which he has recounted his military life and his medical recovery. When he completes his education, he hopes to go into teaching. Salzman married his girlfriend, Josie Salzman, on March 10, 2006 before he deployed to Iraq. They have since divorced. Together they have one son.


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