Monday, April 7, 2003

Grenade victim back in Ky.

An Air Force captain from Florence who was injured in a grenade attack in Kuwait last month has returned to his home base at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Air Force Capt. Mark Wisher and his wife Tara in a family photo
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Capt. Mark Wisher was recovering "quite nicely" from a lacerated liver, collapsed lung and minor leg injuries, his-father-in-law, Revel Prather of Crittenden, said Sunday. The family is not sure how long it will take for Wisher to fully recover.

"Mark's functioning on his own and recuperating quite well," Prather said. "He seemed to be in good spirits. He's felling pretty good. I think a lot of it is knowing he's back on U.S. soil."

Wisher, 29, an air liaison officer with the 101st Airborne Division, was one of 14 military personnel injured March 23 when a U.S. soldier allegedly threw grenades into tents at Camp Pennsylvania, a U.S. Army base in Kuwait. Two other officers died.

Wisher's wife, Tara, and family flew to Germany to help see him home. They stopped in a military base near St. Louis Saturday before returning to Kentucky Sunday.

Wisher, who told his wife and family he does not want to talk about the grenade incident, expects to resume his military career, Prather said. But it could take upward of a year before he can return to flying F-16 jets.

- Erica Solvig

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