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Marine Honored for Service, Sacrifice

Harrisburg, Pa. - A local Marine wounded in Afghanistan was honored for his service and his sacrifice on Thursday night.


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09/25/09 12:01 pm | reporter: Valerie Pritchett producer: Myles Snyder

Rep. Sue Helm, R-Dauphin, issued a citation to the parents of Marine Lance Corporal Robert McHugh.

"I wish he could be here," said Dee McHugh, Robert's mother. "He knew of it and learned of it thorough a phone call I had with him and he was very appreciative."

McHugh, a 2006 graduate of Dauphin County Technical School and a native of Susquehanna Township, was injured August 26 when his team encountered an IED while on foot patrol. One of the Marines was killed in the blast. Six were injured. McHugh suffered wounds to his abdomen and legs.

His mother remembers the call. "You can only imagine the worse," Dee McHugh said. "You take a deep breath and try to capture your composure."

After treatment at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., McHugh returned to his unit at Camp Pendleton, Calif where he continues his rehabilitation.

"Physically, yes he will recover," Dee McHugh said. "Emotions, we'll have to deal with that as they come."

Robert McHugh was awarded the Purple Heart and received the President's Volunteer Service Award.