Area soldier listed as 'stable' Monday (USA ' Iraq)


Spencer Akers and three other Michigan National Guard soldiers from the Saginaw-based 125th Infantry, Company B, were critically injured when their Humvee hit a landmine on Nov. 21 near al-Habbaniyah, Iraq. Pfc. John Dearing of Hazel Park died instantly in the blast.


(30.11.2005)

A Traverse City soldier continues to fight for his life at Brooke Army Medical Center outside San Antonio, Texas.

A hospital spokeswoman Monday said Sgt. Spencer Akers, 35, a graduate of Pine River High School, remains in critical but stable condition. Akers has burns over 60 percent of his body stemming from injuries sustained in Iraq.

His parents Don and Carol Akers of Tustin joined him at the hospital on Friday.

Donald Akers said Monday he had just left his son's hospital unit.

"They are all critical, but they are stable," he said. Akers said more information would be available later in the week.

Spencer Akers and three other Michigan National Guard soldiers from the Saginaw-based 125th Infantry, Company B, were critically injured when their Humvee hit a landmine on Nov. 21 near al-Habbaniyah, Iraq.

Pfc. John Dearing of Hazel Park died instantly in the blast. The others injured are Sgt. Duane Dreasky, 31, of Novi, Sgt. Matthew Webber, 23, of Stanwood and Spc. Joshua Youman, 25, of Flushing.

The hospital spokeswoman confirmed Webber and Youman were listed as stable, but Dreasky as "not stable."

The Department of Defense Web site Monday listed 2,245 killed and 16,004 wounded since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Von: 30 November 2005, http://www.cadillacnews.com by Dale Killingbeck, Cadillac News

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