A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant from Billings is recovering after he was shot multiple times in Afghanistan earlier this week.
Sgt. Dustin L. Stroble, 24, was on a security foot patrol in Helmland province on Nov. 8 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when enemy gunfire fire struck him, said his mother, Jeri Domson.
Bullets struck him in left hand, right shoulder and mouth, breaking his jaw. Fellow marines treated Stroble at the scene before he was taken to Camp Dwyer Support Hospital in Afghanistan.
“He is one tough kid,” Domson said. “He's holding up very good. His biggest concern is actually how his family is holding up. He's more worried about us.”
Stroble was flown to Germany on Wednesday night and is expected to go to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Friday afternoon.
He joined the Marines in 2005 after graduating from high school in Cody, Wyo., and spends most of his time in Billings while not on duty. Domson described her son as “having a sense of humor that's just awesome” and said he joined the Marines for his own reasons, even though his older brother had joined four years earlier.
“It's just something he wanted to do,” she said. “He did it because he wanted to serve his country.”
Stationed out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., Stroble is a member of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Fox Company.
He was on a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan as a squad leader and designated marksman when he was injured. Stroble was also deployed to Iraq in 2008.
Domson doesn't know how long her son's recovery will take or if he'll return home soon, but she said he is doing well despite the injuries.
“I've talked to him, kind of,” she said. “He can't respond because his jaw is wired shut, but we've spoken through a nurse liaison.”
Stroble's current deployment is scheduled to end next February, and he recently signed up for another term with the Marines. He hopes to land nondeployment duty training other Marines, Domson said.
“Unless his injuries prevent it, he's going to remain in the Marine Corps,” she said.
Officials with Camp Lejeune could not be reached Thursday night for comment.
Stroble is the son of Jeri and Greg Domson, of Billings, and Mike and Sherry Stroble, of Cody.