Duluth soldier shot while on duty in Iraq
A serviceman from Duluth was wounded in Iraq this week. Army Spc. Robert Marlowe, 23, was shot in the right shoulder on Wednesday, his mother, Lucy Meade, said Friday. Meade said her son is a member of the Army's 8th Calvary Division, based in Fo...
A serviceman from Duluth was wounded in Iraq this week.
Army Spc. Robert Marlowe, 23, was shot in the right shoulder on Wednesday, his mother, Lucy Meade, said Friday.
Meade said her son is a member of the Army's 8th Calvary Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas. She said he is a 2002 graduate of Lake Superior High School and is in his second tour of duty in Iraq.
She said she didn't know exactly what her son was doing at the time he was wounded but that she was told his unit had been training the Iraqi police.
The media relations chief at Fort Hood was unable to provide any information about Marlowe on Friday.
Marlowe's mother said that her son was transported to a hospital in Germany after being wounded.
She said she talked to him by phone on Thursday. She said he was in a lot of pain but was happy to hear his mother's voice.
"Basically, he was very tired; he must be on pain pills," she said. "He said his shoulder was in a shoulder support harness. He told me they were doing X-rays and cleaning the wound. I was told there was a fracture."
Meade said she expected her son to be flown to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., for further treatment.
Marlowe had been home to Duluth for two weeks during the holidays and had returned to Iraq on Dec. 29, his mother said.
Meade said she wants the public to know that she is critical of President Bush and his foreign policy.
"I disagree with it," she said.
"I don't feel we should have invaded their country. I don't know what my son's opinion is on it. But I do support our troops and admire all of the people in the service over there that are risking their lives. I feel there are better ways the president could have dealt with this situation."