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12/28/06-Chapel Hill

East Texas Soldier Loses Legs While Serving In Iraq

Like his father before him, Army Specialist Frank Fields, 22 of Chapel Hill joined the military two years ago. Right before Thanksgiving while serving in Iraq, Frank lost his legs in an explosion earning him the purple heart.

Staying active, playing games and smiling is something his family says Frank was always good at.

"He was in drama class and then he loved basketball," said Joyce Jones, Franks Aunt. "He really enjoyed it." Frank also had a strong passion for the military and joined two years ago. Last July, Frank was sent to Iraq.

"It was in the morning and they were making a convoy run and he said he ran over a road side bomb, and it exploded and knocked him half way out of the truck, and he said everything went black for awhile," said Jones.  Joyce Jones, Frank's Aunt says the next day the military called her about the accident.

"Oh my, I was just so nervous I didn't know what to do," said Jones. "All I could think was he's so full of life and then this happened to him."   To lift Frank's spirits, Frank's third cousin Jazmen Jones, 10 got her class to write letters to Frank telling him he was in their prayers.  

"He loved them," said Jazmen Jones, Frank's Third Cousin. "He was happy that those nice people were nice enough to do this for him." Frank's family says the injuries Frank suffered will not stop him from doing something great with his life.

"When he gets himself together he wants to mentor other young soldiers that are amputees," said Joyce Jones. 

"I know he can get through this because whatever Frankie puts his mind to he can do it," said Jazmen Jones. Frank's family says Frank will be getting prosthetic legs within the next year. They say Frank hopes to then come back home to be with his family and friends.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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