Galatas to Return to States

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The family of a Guardsman severely injured in Iraq says an outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.

Sgt. 1st Class Grayson "Norris" Galatas of Meridian was one of five Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers injured by a roadside bomb on Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Tim Powell, a Guard spokesman, says Galatas, Sgt. Terrance Elizenberry of Clinton and Sgt. Wyman Jones of Columbus, SSgt. Tommy Little of Aliceville, Alabama, and Pfc. Stephen Brooks of Columbus were all wounded in the blast. The men are members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team.

Marlene Williams, Galatas' mother-in-law, tells The Associated Press that the soldier has severe lacerations to his stomach, buttock and back and has shrapnel wounds over much of his body.

She said he was receiving treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany Friday and is stable enough to be brought to an Army hospital in the United States by Sunday.

Galatas was the worst injured in Tuesday's blast. The other soldiers received various injuries including burns, shrapnel wounds and broken bones and are expected to arrive at Army hospitals in the United States in the coming days.