Idaho Marine Injured in Afghanistan
Family members of a Marine from Fort Hall say he was badly injured in an explosion Saturday morning in Afghanistan. The Idaho State Journal reports that 21-year-old Cpl. Phillip Baldwin lost his right leg up to his hip and his left leg above the knee when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol near Helmand Province. Baldwin is a radio operator with the First Battalion Fifth Marines out of San Diego.His mother, Vickie Baldwin, says Phillip Baldwin is recovering in a hospital in Germany and will next be taken to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She says her son told her his injuries were the worst pain he'd ever felt, but fortunately he was wearing the best available helmet and body armor.