A Mississippi Army National Guard soldier, wounded in Iraq when a roadside bomb ripped through his vehicle, is now at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Marlene Williams, mother-in-law of Sgt. First Class Norris Galatas, said Monday that the soldier was flown back to the United States this past weekend and is in intensive care. She says Galatas was on a respirator and remains medically sedated. Williams also said the family appreciates the prayers offered for Galatas' recovery.
Lt. Col. Tim Powell, a Guard spokesman, earlier identified four others injured in last Tuesday's blast as Sgt. Terrance Elizenberry of Clinton and Wyman Jones of Columbus, SSgt. Tommy Little of Aliceville, Alabama, and Pfc. Stephen Brooks of Columbus. The five men are members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team.
The unit, which is made up of 3,500 Mississippi Guard soldiers and others from Vermont and Arkansas, trained at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg and deployed in January.
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.