6 Apr 2005

Marshall Islander wounded in Iraq

8:11 am on 6 April 2005

The first Marshall Islander to be seriously injured in Iraq was flown at the weekend for emergency medical treatment first to Germany and then to the United States.

Paul Lejjena, a staff sergeant in the Army's 1/41st Infantry Division is reported to be in serious condition with broken arms and legs, burns, and internal injuries.

More than 100 Marshall Islanders are estimated to be serving in the U.S. Army, with about 20 of those currently in Iraq or Afghanistan.