Terry and Jerry Huth of Mount Carmel knew their son Eric was with the Army's Third Infantry Division in Iraq, but hadn't spoken to him since Feb. 25 until they got a surprise telephone call Monday.
Twenty-two-year-old Eric, who operates a Bradley fighting vehicle, called to tell his parents he had been wounded in Baghdad, but that he was OK.
"He said he took some shrapnel in his upper left thigh," Terry Huth said Tuesday. "He had just stepped out of his Bradley and an artillery shell had blown up about 3 feet away."
Her son's body armor prevented another piece of shrapnel from piercing his abdomen, his mother said.
Eric said he immediately got back in the armored vehicle and moved. Moments later, another shell exploded where the Bradley had been parked.
"If they hadn't moved, they would have been goners," Terry Huth said.
Eric was treated for his wound and was back behind the wheel of his Bradley in a short time, she said.
Eric graduated from Live Oaks Career Development Campus in Milford in 1999. His parents said he hopes to be home in May or June.
William A. Weathers
TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
Family, neighbors mourn a soldier
Gold star banners for duo
Counseling, hot lines, Web sites
Keeping in touch
Soldier hit by shrapnel
IN THE TRISTATE
$400,000 gone from campaign
Faith brings joyfulness amid the tragedies of life
Luken may veto spending
Fire that killed 5 was no accident
'Summer' breezes into town
Hey, driving here isn't so bad
French Lick dares to breathe
Views clash in court on gun law
Evendale council rescinds 'blight' label for Reading Road corridor
Council to address use of Cleves fields
Tax Day filers form lively line on deadline
Tristate A.M. Report
SMITH AMOS: In harm's way?
BRONSON: Thank you
KORTE: City Hall
HOWARD: Some Good News
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Middletown mayor put on leave at county job
Warren changes overseer
Hamilton Township police vote 7-1 to join Fraternal Order of Police
Liberty cuts list for top job to six
Putter's owner vows to fix parking jam
Obituary: Jack Groh, businessman
Money's pouring in for Voinovich second term
Water center to give residents price break
Place to eat? Buttermilk Pike
Senator his old self after surgery
Churchill alters policy on wagering
Lucas fund raising lags 3 in GOP
Ex-Dayton cop given home incarceration
Transportation building a waste, Lunsford says
'Palace' to spread peace through meditation
Candidate pitches higher cigarette tax