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Soldier from Martinsburg, W.Va. expected to make full recovery

July 29, 2011|By DON AINES |
  • U.S. Army Spc. Uriah Horst is pictured with his wife, Rhianne. Horst was injured Monday in a mortar attack in Afghanistan, family members said.
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A Martinsburg, W.Va., soldier wounded Monday in a rocket attack in Afghanistan is expected to make a full recovery, but the family of U.S. Army Spc. Uriah Horst said it is still awaiting word on when he will return to the United States.

Horst, 21, has been flown from Afghanistan to Germany and could be flown out this weekend, his mother, Kimberly Horst, said Friday afternoon. The family has not been told when the flight will take place and what medical facility he will go to recuperate, she said.

"We're just kind of waiting to hear where they fly him in so we can go see him," said his father, Richard Horst.

Family members have been told Uriah will go to a hospital in the Baltimore area, Kimberly Horst said. The family has been receiving updates through the wife of an officer in his unit, she said.

Uriah Horst is a member of the 18th Fires Brigade, family members said.

"They expect him to make a full recovery, although we know he was very seriously injured to begin with," Richard Horst said.

Horst was on guard duty at Forward Operating Base Andar when he heard an inbound enemy rocket, according to the blog of his older brother, Ryan Horst. Uriah moved from his position in an attempt to locate the firing origin of the rocket when he was hit by shrapnel from a second rocket that hit about 15 meters away, Ryan Horst wrote in his blog.

The blog said Horst was struck by shrapnel in the arms, torso, abdomen and legs. At a hospital in Bath, Afghanistan, Uriah underwent surgery to remove a large piece of shrapnel from his abdomen, Ryan Horst wrote.

"The medic who was there on site is credited with saving his life," Kimberly Horst said.

Rhianne Horst, Uriah Horst's wife, said she has not spoken to her husband since Tuesday.

"We're really anxious to hear his voice again, but that might not happen until he's back in the United States," Kimberly said.

Calls to Horst's unit for additional information were not returned as of Friday afternoon.


Correction: This story was edited on 6/5/2011 to correct the name of the brigade in which Horst serves.

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