Martin soldier injured by IED in Afghanistan
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:45 am
U.S. Army Private First Class Lindell S. Pleasant suffered significant injuries to his leg, ankle and shoulder when his vehicle hit an IED in Afghanistan.
Pleasant was initially transported to a hospital in Germany and later flown to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. where his father, Lindell Pleasant, said he is recovering.
"We love him and thank God he is safe and alive and didn't lose any limbs," Lindell Pleasant said.
PFC Pleasant enlisted in the United States Army two years ago.
He is stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y. with the 10th Mountain Regiment where he is classified as a lead mortar man.
"He is recovering fine now. We talk to him every night on the phone," Lindell Pleasant added.
He said he was able to see his son when PFC Pleasant came home in March for an "R and R" period.
This is PFC Pleasant's first tour in Afghanistan.
He was awarded a Purple Heart for combat last week.
Last year, PFC Pleasant graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., where he developed basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics.
PFC Pleasant is the son of Lindell and Joy Pleasant of Martin.
He is married to Jessica Sparks Pleasant of Gleason. After his recovery, PFC Pleasant will return to his home base in Fort Drum, N.Y.