WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just one week until Thanksgiving and we have a wounded hero we can all be thankful for.Thursday, in a special ceremony at the USS North Carolina, he got a special gift.

Exactly 14 years ago, retired marine and national guardsman Ed Salau was shot and wounded in Iraq.Now, he is getting a special gift aboard The Battleship to honor his sacrifice.

“I’m motivated by fear. I’m scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of failure,” said Salau.