Meridian Soldier Hurt in Iraq

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Four Mississippi soldiers and another from Alabama were injured Tuesday when a road side bomb exploded near their vehicles, Guard officials say.

Lt. Col. Tim Powell, a Mississippi Army National Guard spokesman, said all five soldiers are members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team.

Powell said the injured soldiers are: Sergeant first class Grayson N. Galatas of Meridian; Sergeants Terrance A. Elizenberry of Clinton and Wyman H. Jones of Columbus; Staff Sergeant Tommy S. Little of Aliceville, Alabama, Private first class Stephen B. Brooks of Columbus.

Galatas is a member of Headquarters Company, 150th Engineer Battalion in Meridian. Powell said Elizenberry, Jones, Little and Brooks are members of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 114th Field Artillery out of Columbus.

The brigade deployed to Iraq in January with 3,500 Mississippi Guard soldiers and others from Vermont and Arkansas.

Details of the explosion were sketchy Tuesday afternoon and Powell told The Associated Press he does not know the extent of the soldiers’ injuries.

Powell says all five soldiers are being treated at a combat support hospital in Iraq.