Melton, left, while attended grade school at Raymondville.

A Texas County man received serious injuries in the Afghanistan roadside bomb earlier this week that killed a soldier who had ties to Raymondville.

The Herald has confirmed this morning that Scott Lear of Evening Shade was among two seriously injured when the improvised explosive device detonated in southern Afghanistan. Four soldiers, including former county resident Bradley Melton, 29, were killed.

The Rev. Brock Davis of the Roby Baptist Church said Lear, 34, has arrived to a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where doctors have determined that he has a traumatic brain injury, but neurologically is fine. He has a fractured skull. A nurse at the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center was able to telephone Lear’s wife, Jane, on Thursday morning, and the soldier talked to his wife. The hospital is often the first stop for American casualties leaving Afghanistan. Ramstein Air Base is located nearby.

Friends and family were encouraged by his progress, the pastor said. “We’re getting through this because of all the prayers,” he said.

Lear, who is an engineer squad leader, and his wife have lived in northwest Texas County for about three to four years, where he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. Natives of Kentucky, they have five children.

Davis said Lear has been in Afghanistan for about two weeks. He is assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Earlier: A 29-year-old man who attended school at Raymondville is among four soldiers who died Monday in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, officials said.

Melton, 29, was hit by an improvised explosive device along a roadside. Melton, assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska, was part of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. It deployed in mid-April.

Army officials say the incident happened while the soldiers were on mounted patrol Monday afternoon in the city of Spin Ghbarga.

The latest deaths make a total of 16 NATO service members killed so far this month, and 167 so far this year.

Melton attended school at Raymondville in the mid- to late-1990s. He was active in sports. As a seventh grader, he won the school’s basketball shootout that benefited Easter Seals. The honor won him recognition at a Southwest Missouri State University basketball trip.

“I am very saddened to learn the news of Brad Melton’s death in Afghanistan. He and his family are in all of our prayers, and I’m working to make sure they have every measure of support available. Brad served in multiple tours of duty, and his death is a great loss for our community and our nation,” Rep. Jo Ann Emerson said in a news release.



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