Local Troops Injured in Combat

Knoxville (WVLT) - Two local Marines injured in Iraq after their Humvee ran over a roadside bomb are being treated in Germany.

Marine Corporal Bradley Walker from White Pine had both legs amputated at a military hospital.

He's part of the 4th Combat Engineering Battalion based out of Knoxville.

His squadron has been in Iraq since early summer.

Walkers' family will get to see him in just a few days at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

Another Marine in the same unit, riding in the Humvee walker was driving, is suffering a broken leg.

Corporal Jorge Zapata of Knoxville is also being treated in Germany and will return to the US this week.

A Soldier serving in Afghanistan has also been critically wounded.

A Claiborne County soldier injured while serving in Afghanistan had both legs amputated.

27-year-old Private First Class Sue Downes was injured in an explosion, as a result of the injuries doctors also removed one of her kidneys.

Her family says she is in Germany for treatment and they do not know yet when she'll return to the United States.


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