Marine, a PCHS grad, badly injured in bomb blast in Afghanistan |

Marine, a PCHS grad, badly injured in bomb blast in Afghanistan

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A Park City High School graduate in the Marines suffered a serious injury to a leg in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on June 11, forcing doctors to amputate his left leg, the man’s grandfather said.

Michael E. Gonzales is 19 years old and his condition was upgraded to stable from serious on Monday, Leonard "Lucky" Lukenbach said. He remained in a military hospital in Afghanistan on Tuesday awaiting transfer to another one in Germany, the grandfather said.

Gonzales also suffered injuries to his left arm and left eye in the blast, Lukenbach said. Military officials had not provided the family with details about the bombing by midday Tuesday.

Lukenbach said Gonzales might have been stationed in Afghanistan for a month or less before suffering the injuries. He was married within the last year, Lukenbach said, adding that Gonzales has been a model soldier.

"You start realizing this really happened and it’s happening to you, not someone else. It’s easy to be sad at this time," Lukenbach said.

Gonzales is at least the fourth soldier from Park City to be injured in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

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