Local Soldier Continues Recovery After Afghanistan Explosion

ELDENA, IL (WIFR) -- Moving ammunition at a supply point in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan turned deadly for members of the Army's 82nd Airborne division just nine days ago as one soldier was killed and six others were injured. Among those who survived the blast was Eldena, Illinois native Michael Shoemaker Jr. Who continues to make his recovery in Washington.

Shoemaker suffered severe injuries to the right side of his body and had metal removed from his head after ammunition exploded during a transport last Thursday. The army specialist's family says he is able to communicate using hand signals and is moving both arms and legs. His parents and wife are currently with shoemaker at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington and say his recovery so far has been nothing short of a miracle.

"The doctors, after they get done, actually field all of our questions. This morning, the head doctor told us that his recovery and healing right now are progressing like a freight train. Every day, we just have to continue hoping he gets better as time goes on”, says his father, Michael Shoemaker Sr.

Military officials are unsure of what caused the explosion and are still investigating. Other members of Shoemaker's family won't have to wait long to see him, the Hero Miles program is providing air travel to Walter Reed for his other relatives.

An account has been set up at Midland States Bank to help the family. Midland has branches in Dixon, Rock Falls, Sterling and Oregon.


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  • by Karen Location: Sandwich on Apr 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    I will be praying Sandy for your whole family!!!! So sorry to hear of this. I pray that you are all together with him in Washington. Hugs and Prayers to you! Your lost Friend Karen
  • by Sandra Location: Walter Reed on Apr 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Thank you for getting our son's story on the local news. Still no word from the Army explaining how friendly fire killed one and injured 6 of our soldiers. Love and Prayers
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    WIFR uses personal views and politics of those within the station when considering posting readers comments.
  • by CBTENGR on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    Once Cav always Cav! Airborne!
  • by anthony sparacino Location: rockford il. on Apr 8, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    luv to hear MIKE is recovering!!!!! HAPPY EASTER BRIT&MIKE AND TO THE WHOLE FAMILY THATS WITH MY DAUGHTER AND SON IN LAW!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!! PRAYING FOR MIKE AND BRITT !!!!!!! I WILL GIVE MIKEY/BRAYDEN/HANNAH A BIG KISS AND HUG FOR YOU TWO!!!!!!!! LUV YOU!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Linda Location: Rockford on Apr 8, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    I also have a family member (somewhere) in afghanistan & we pray for all of their safety. Hope your son recovers quickly.
  • by Michael Location: Washington on Apr 7, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    Steven, This is Michael & Sandra Shoemaker Sr. We viewed your broadcast via internet. You did a amazing story. Thank you for airing our son's story, It breaks our hearts to see all the wounded warriors here and no national coverage from media. We praise you for getting it out, Sincerely, Michael & Sandra Shoemaker SR.
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