MONT ALTO, PA. - A Mont Alto man critically wounded by a roadside bomb this week in Iraq underwent hours of surgery to treat burns and other injuries on Friday after returning to the United States, his grandfather said.
Edward Shaffer said he and his wife, Goldie, received a telephone message left by their grandson's parents on Friday about 2:30 a.m.
"The phone rang sometime last night, and we never even heard it," he said.
"They got to Texas OK. They were operating and in surgery for 13 hours," Edward Shaffer said Friday afternoon of his grandson, Sgt. Edward W. "Eddie" Shaffer, 24, who was injured when the bomb went off Monday next to his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The Bradley is a tracked armored personnel carrier with a turret-mounted 25 mm automatic cannon.
Eddie Shaffer's parents, Edward C. and Brenda Shaffer, called his other grandmother, June Shaffer, in Chambersburg on Friday afternoon, Edward Shaffer said.