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Wounded Marine returns

April 07, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

CLEAR SPRING - Ariann Worthington said the support and fanfare for her husband's return from Iraq was nice, but she's just happy that he's home.

U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Will Worthington Jr., a 2003 Clear Spring High School graduate, rode through Clear Spring Wednesday in a celebration of his return from Iraq, where he was injured March 13 in an explosion.

Upon his return to the United States, he was taken for medical treatment to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He returned home Wednesday.


"Everyone came out to support us," Ariann Worthington said. "It felt good, but I'm just glad he's home."

She said the couple spent the morning at home, then attended the parade and later entertained family members and friends.

Ariann Worthington, who is nearly four months pregnant, said it now is more likely that her husband will be in the area for the birth of their first child. His previous return date, Sept. 13, might have prevented him from attending the birth.

"Just the thought of having him here is a big relief," she said.

Will Worthington, who joined the Marine Corps in February 2004 and was sent to Iraq on Jan. 14, is a member of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

He was struck by shrapnel, not all of which was removed from his shoulder and calf. He lost one toe and required stitches in his hip and another toe.

Ariann Worthington said her husband is scheduled to be home for 30 days while he undergoes physical therapy in Martinsburg, W.Va. She said he will then be evaluated and, if medically cleared, will return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where he had reported just days after they were married in November, 2004.

"The doctors said more than likely he'll be 100 percent" after therapy, she said.

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