Ohio Marine To Make Full Recovery

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio native injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed two Marines will fully recovery.

Douglas V. Glasgow, 33, of Wooster, was one of five injured in Saturday's crash in the mountains about 40 miles south of Bagram air base.

Glasgow's mother, Susan Shamp, told The Daily Record that her son's wife, Tara, had a chance to speak with him by phone and said he seemed strong and was doing fine. Shamp said her daughter-in-law said Glasgow's hand is injured.

Maj. T.V. Johnson, public information officer at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., would say only that Glasgow is listed as injured, but expected to make a full recovery.

Glasgow has been taken to a U.S. military facility somewhere in the theater of operations, Johnson said.

"I'm proud of what he's doing, proud of who he is," Shamp said of her son, a 1987 graduate of Wooster High School.

Glasgow's former football coach, Bob McFarland, called him a "tremendous kid" whose hard work landed him a starting spot as guard.

"He wasn't the most skilled, but he made up for it with determination and great attitude and work ethic," the retired coach said.

McFarland said Glasgow often talked about his desire to go into the military, and more importantly to get admitted to the Naval Academy -- where he enrolled in 1988.

"He wanted in there awful bad," McFarland said. "He's just one of those kids; he was very mature as far as what he wanted to do at that age."

Glasgow, a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and his wife, also a Wooster native, live in Yuma, Ariz., where he is based at Marine Corps Air Station with the elite Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1.

Glasgow is a helicopter pilot and a specialist in the Super Stallion CH-53E, the helicopter that crashed, said Tanya Murnock, public affairs officer for the air station. The Super Stallions are designed for the transport of troops, supplies and equipment.

The helicopter accident was the third fatal crash of a U.S. military aircraft in the campaign.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the cause of the crash appeared to be mechanical failure.

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