Jackson County Soldier Wounded

A 34-year-old Cottondale man is the latest area soldier to be wounded in fighting in Iraq.

Rich Campbell, a Cottondale High School graduate, is a member of the Marianna-based Florida Army National Guard's 144th Transportation Company deployed to the Iraqi war zone.

He’s hospitalized in Baghdad with a back injury and is expected to be there only a couple of days. He apparently was injured when there was an explosion as he and a group of soldiers were going by. Apparently debris from the blast hit him in the back.
He also suffered a mouth injury in the incident.

His group from the 144th was protecting a military convoy heading towards the fighting in the city of Fallujah west of Baghdad.

He’s expected to be sent to another military medical facility in Europe by the end of the week.