Laurel soldier injured in Afghanistan, 3 killed

Published: Aug. 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM CDT
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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - It was noon on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan when just like any other day,  the Combat Outpost Wilderness was taking rounds of incoming rocket fire from insurgents.

"They're shooting them at us, so I guess you can say they're probably trying to kill us." said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Calen Lambert.

Unfortunately that day a rocket launched straight into the Fire Directional Center where Calen and the soldiers under his command where located.

"All of a sudden it came through the roof and it was just chaos, it was smoke everywhere," said Calen.

With injuries, Calen was able to get out, but three of his soldiers did not survive the rocket fire.

"They were some of the best guys that I've ever known," said Calen. "They were professionals, they took their job seriously. They were pretty special."

Calen's mother Kelly is thankful that her son is ok, but her heart goes out to the other families.  

"We've prayed and cried for them," said Kelly. "I've cried for those mothers and their wives because now they're goldstar mothers, you don't want to be a part of that group."

The Lambert family appreciates all the support they've received during this time.

"We've had an outpouring of love and prayer and my phone hasn't stopped ringing since this happened and I'm thankful for that," said Kelly.

Overall, Calen says this whole experience has changed his life. 

From now on you know you have a moral obligation to live your life to the fullest not just because you got another chance but because they didn't.

Calen is recovering in Afghanistan at Forward Operating Base Salerno. He said once he recovers he will go back to his base, COP Wilderness.

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