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Injured soldier: I need you to be strong

Family members of a 21-year-old U.S. Marine critically injured in Afghanistan late Thursday have talked with him as he awaits transfer to a hospital in Germany.


By Mike Baird (Contact)
Saturday, June 21, 2008

Lance Cpl. Justin Rokohl told his mother Saturday that he needed her to be strong, according to an e-mail from David Cole, the family’s spokesperson and pastor.

“We need you to be strong,” she told her son, according to the e-mail.

A roadside bomb explosion fractured bones in both of Rokohl’s upper and lower legs, ankles and feet. During his last call about 4 p.m. Saturday, he was very alert and positive, Cole said.