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Injured Hagerstown soldier expected to return to U.S. today

September 19, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Lance Cpl. Jonathan Breehl, who was injured Thursday in Iraq, will be back on U.S. soil by tonight, according to his family.

The Marine will be transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., by 9 p.m., according to William Nutter, Breehl's grandfather.

Breehl was hit by shrapnel while on patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq, said his mother, Melissa Custer.

Jeremy Custer said his stepson will undergo surgery while in Bethesda.

The surgery will be performed "to see if there is more shrapnel" in his thigh, Nutter said.

Breehl, who joined the Marines last July, sustained injuries to his right wrist and left thigh when shrapnel from a remote-controlled improvised explosive device struck him Thursday morning in Habbaniyah.

The family had been hoping Breehl would be transferred to the U.S. so they could be with him, Nutter said.

Breehl graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 2005. He was a wrestling standout and a member of the football team.

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