The Idaho State Journal reports that an eastern Idaho Marine was critically injured Saturday, losing both his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Phillip Baldwin of Fort Hall lost his right leg up to his hip and left leg above the kneee when he stepped on the explosive while on patrol near Helmand Province. The 21-year-old Baldwin is a radio operator with the First Battalion Fifth Marines out of San Diego.
Baldwin is recovering in a military hospital in Germany and is expected to be transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside of Washington, D.C. Baldwin has two brothers also in the Marines.
Wednesday night, President Obama is expected to address the nation about a plan to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. There are currently approximately 97,000 American men and women stationed in the region.