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Marine injured in Iraq

James Crossan, a 2003 graduate of Mount Si High School and North Bend resident, was injured Nov. 19 in Haditha, Iraq. The marine, serving in the 31st Helo Unit attached to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was traveling in his Humvee with a driver and gunner when a improvised explosive device (IED) blew up on the drivers side. The driver of the humvee was killed instantly, while the gunner was blown clear of the vehicle and suffered a broken ankle and other non-life-threatening injuries. Crossan sustained major injuries including a broken ankle, broken foot bones, lacerations on his legs, a

fractured pelvis, spinal fractures, broken bones in his wrist, several broken fingers and perforated ear drums. He also sustained fractures in his eye sockets. He was immediately transported to a hospital in Blad, Iraq, then on to Landstuhl hospital in Germany and then transferred to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

He underwent major surgery at Bethesda to take care of the critical injuries and has had a second surgery to reposition pins in his wrist. He has another surgery planned for Dec. 6 to repair his eye sockets.

Crossan, according to his family, is hoping to be transferred to a military hospital in Washington state sometime close to Christmas to be closer to his family, who are all currently in Bethesda.

Crossan is in his third year of his enlistment. He is the son of Barry and Nancy Crossan of North Bend. Barry is a pharmacist at the QFC drug center in North Bend. Crossan's sisters, Kaycee and Lynae Horiuchi, are also in Bethesda.

If you would like to send a card or letter to James, his mailing address while at Bethesda is NNMC Bethesda, Building 10, 5 East, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda MD, 20889.

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