Douglas lauds wounded soldier

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(Host) Governor Jim Douglas interrupted his press conference at the Statehouse Thursday to take a call from a 19-year-old Marine from Dorset who was wounded in Iraq over the weekend. Private First Class David Matteson suffered shrapnel wounds during an attack on his military convoy and he was airlifted to a military hospital in Germany.

Matteson enlisted in the Marines last year after graduating from Burr and Burton Academy in 2001. The governor spoke with Matteson, who is in Germany, shortly after the soldier emerged from surgery to treat his wounds:

(Douglas) “I just wanted to call. I know it’s late where you are, but to congratulate you on your service, thank you for all that you’re doing and to wish you well and look forward to seeing you at 100% health in the not to distant future. Take care David, so long.”

(Host) Douglas says Matteson appears to be recovering well from his wounds. The governor says the Dorset marine is expected to be sent home to recuperate in the near future.

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