Wounded Marine Returns to Mid-Missouri

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Tuesday, November 21 2006 Nov 21, 2006 Tuesday, November 21, 2006 10:39:05 PM CST November 21, 2006 in News

Young and old came out to support a man who inspired them. They carried signs, flags and even quilts.

"We want him to know that people in the United States and people in his community really care about him and are just happy to have him home safe," added Wells.

McClellan was been shot three times, twice while serving in Afghanistan and the third time in Iraq when a sniper's AK-47 bullet smashed through McClellan's helmet.

After that attack, doctors told his family if McClellan survived, he'd have severe brain damage.

"His mum was really great about that, sending emails, progress every day, sometimes twice a day, about how he was doing, how he was getting along and we'd send him cards and stuff," said Molly O'Connell, a family friend.

As the 20-year-old Hickman High graduate met with friends, his vision, thinking and speech were all unaffected.

"I didn't even think it would ever happen to him, you don't even think that," said Private First Class Joe Harper, a family friend. "But, after the third time, it's going to be rough on him, I think, but that's what friends and family are for, to help you through that."

McClellan was awarded 3 Purple Hearts for his combat wounds.

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