Miss. soldier back in states after being wounded in Iraq

Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2007

A 22-year-old soldier from Lyon has been flown to Fort Lewis, Wash. for more treatment of wounds suffered when his Humvee was damaged by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

Spec. Matthew Sanders was wounded April 22, while on patrol south of Baghdad, said his father, Marshall Sanders.

Sanders is with the 25th Infantry and is based at Fort Richardson, Alaska, his father said.

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The elder Sanders said his son was a turret gunner on the Humvee when the IED went off. Sanders was pelted with shrapnel on the right side of his body and his lower right leg was broken in two areas, Marshall Sanders said.

Four other soldiers in the Humvee were also injured.

Marshall Sanders said his son underwent emergency surgery in Baghdad before being flown last week to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. On Friday, Sanders was flown to a hospital in Fort Lewis.