Huntsville Marine Injured In Afghanistan

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A U.S. Marine from Huntsville is recovering from injuries he suffered in an attack in Afghanistan last week.

Lance Corporal Kendall Bane was injured Thursday, September 20 in an attack near Camp Hansen in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.  Bane was shot in both of his legs and several times in his lower abdomen. 

Bane, 19, is a graduate of Westminster Christian Academy.  He and his family are longtime members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  Bane's unit is the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines India Company, based out of Camp Lejeune, NC.  He has been deployed since April.

Another Marine was also injured in the attack, but not as seriously.

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Bane's parents are Suzy and Doak Bane.  Suzy said she was told her son was shot in a "green-on-blue" attack, in which rogue Afghan forces mimicked Allied forces and then opened fire on the Marine command post.

"You really start preparing to receive bad news and pray it never comes but when your children, your loved ones enter the military because you know that they have volunteered to put themselves in harm's way," Bane said.

Suzy said one bullet also hit Kendall's helmet, but bounced off.

"Kevlar is a wonderful thing. His brother Marines saved his life and the doctors and nurses saved it again and it's just been absolutely awesome."

Bane said she has talked with her son several times and says he is in good spirits.  After the attack, Bane was treated at Camp Hansen, then flown to Camp Bastion, then to Bagram Air Base and on to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Bane said she's also able to talk with his doctors and nurses daily now that he is in Germany, and that gives her comfort.  Bane says doctors give her son a good prognosis, despite a long recovery process.

"There was nothing wrong with him they could not fix and there was nothing wrong with him that he could not recover from, so with God's grace our wounded warrior will make a full recovery," Bane said.

Once he improves, LCpl Bane will be moved to Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  The family is hopeful that will happen later this week.