By Margie Wuebker
A Mendon-area soldier was injured Monday when a bomb apparently detonated beneath a military truck traveling along an Iraqi roadway.
Dwayne Bruce, 19, 10529 Celina-Mendon Road, reportedly suffered a laceration to the back of his head. Two other soldiers also sustained minor injuries when the force of the explosion caused the truck in which they were riding to roll over.
Bruce, the son of Dean and Kristy Bruce, was deployed to Iraq in January with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry.
"My parents received a call from Dwayne's first lieutenant telling them of the enemy attack," the soldier's brother, Iain Bruce, told The Daily Standard on Friday. "They were pretty worried until Dwayne called six or seven hours later."
The younger brother indicated all three soldiers already had or soon would be returning to their unit. "Dwayne keeps track of weapons assigned to the unit and also drives a humvee for his first sergeant," Iain Bruce said. "He never talks much about the danger or where he is. I don't think they are allowed to reveal locations for security reasons."
The local soldier, who has served nearly two years in the military, expects to remain in Iraq until at least December, his brother said.