Petal marine receives purple heart

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - One of five marines injured in a improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan returns to his home town of Petal.

Cpl. Colte James, 22, and five other marines with the 2nd battalion, 8th marines out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. were riding over a bridge in a three-vehicle convoy to a larger base, to pick up four combat replacements for the platoon when they were hit by an IED.

All five marines survived the blast. Cpl. James, a 2007 Petal High School graduate, suffered a broken vertebrae, cranial bleeding and severe bruising.

While recovering in a Bethesda Naval Hospital, James was given a purple heart, for his bravery over seas.

Family, friends and members of the community are set to line the streets of Petal on Saturday at 8 a.m. to welcome James home.

The processional will begin at Lake Serene Grocery on the Evelyn Gandy Parkway and end at Petal High School.