U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Somalia Returning Home From Germany With PM-Somalia
LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) _ Eight American soldiers wounded in Somalia and brought to Germany for treatment were flown home today, military officials said.
Their departure left only one soldier from the 68 who came to Germany and then returned home after a bloody battle in Mogadishu early this month. Nine other Americans wounded in the battle stayed in Somalia.
A C-130 transport plane left Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany this afternoon carrying the eight Americans to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Air Force Staff Sgt. Barbara Lavine said.
Most of the troops suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds in Mogadishu during a 16-hour battle with Somali clansmen Oct. 3 that killed 18 Americans. It was the worst fighting involving U.S. forces in Somalia since they began their humanitarian mission last December.
The wounded soldier still in Germany is undergoing microsurgery to repair damaged nerves in his thumb, said Marie Shaw, spokeswoman for Landstuhl Army hospital near Ramstein, 90 miles southwest of Frankfurt.
The eight soldiers flown home today will be taken from Andrews to hospitals near their bases, Shaw said. Most are based at Fort Drum, N.Y., or Fort Benning, Ga.