Mayor identifies one of soldiers wounded during ambush in Afghanistan

(Facebook/Courtesy of Mayor of Peabody, MA)

A service member is recovering after he was wounded during an ambush attack in Afghanistan.

Hunter Josselyn, an infantry soldier assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Benning, Georgia was shot and wounded during an ambush in Afghanistan, according to an announcement by his local mayor in Peabody, MA, -Ted Bettencourt.

In a post on Facebook Wednesday night, Bettencourt said Josselyn is a 2016 graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. Josselyn was reportedly one of two U.S. soldiers injured in the attack, and one other was killed.

According to Bettencourt, Josselyn suffered two gunshot wounds and had to undergo “extensive emergency surgery.” The injuries are not said to be life-threatening.

“Hunter faces a long road to recovery with his family, including his wife Sara and their 11-week-old daughter Brielle,” Bettencourt wrote.

While not confirmed, it is likely that Josselyn is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and was one of the victims of the July 7 insider attack that killed Cpl. Joseph Maciel and injured two others.

Mayor Bettencourt said the city will hold a patriotic concert and fireworks show at Peabody High on Sunday, August 5 in dedication to Josselyn and his family.

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