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Published November 04, 2011, 07:09 PM

Injured ND soldier gives first hand account of attack

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Dramatic details from the Hope, North Dakota native seriously injured fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. For the first time, the wounded soldier shares his story.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Dramatic details from the Hope, North Dakota native seriously injured fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. For the first time, the wounded soldier shares his story. Half a world away, Specialist Eric Mewes is recovering at a Germany hospital from injuries in a roadside bomb. He emailed us, reliving that near fatal explosion.

Mewes tells WDAY 6 News he had on a seat belt, riding in the back of an RG - 31 with mine rollers in front. That is a mine protected armoured vehicle. A 200 pound bomb exploded, inverting the hull. The blast instantly knocked him out.

Mewes says he can only remember the nightmare that followed when he woke in a crumpled position on the ceiling of that vehicle. His legs dangled. Fellow soldiers quickly pulled him out and kept him alert until medical choppers arrived. Mewes says quote, “he was in so much pain he wanted to die.”

Since then, Mewes has been on morphine for cuts on his legs. Both legs have fractured tibias and fibulas. His right heel is split and he has broken bones in his feet.

Mewes' flight to the states has been delayed. He is to arrive to Fort Bliss, Texas tomorrow and hopes to be home soon after. Mewes says he's cried a lot, but is alive and well enough to type us that email.

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