HAGERSTOWN - A local Marine who was injured in Iraq last week underwent surgery Wednesday at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., his aunt said.
Lance Cpl. Jonathan 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 while on patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq.
"He looked very good. He was in very good spirits. As soon as he saw us, there was a big old smile on his face," Matty Chaney, Breehl's aunt, said before the surgery.
Chaney joined Breehl's mother, Melissa Custer, and others Tuesday night in Bethesda when Breehl arrived in the U.S. from Germany.
Doctors performing the surgery Wednesday were determining whether they could perform a skin graft on Breehl's injured left thigh. The shrapnel caused a "pretty deep wound," Chaney said.