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Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk Visits With Wounded Marine

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk shakes hands with Marine Corporal Phillip Baldwin at Bethesda Naval Hospital. Corporal Baldwin a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes was wounded June 18, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

Marine Corporal Phillip Baldwin, Shoshone-Bannock, of Ft. Hall, Idaho had a special visitor recently while being treated at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk visited the wounded soldier.

Baldwin, lost both legs in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) incident on June 18 while on foot patrol near the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

“It’s remarkable the resilience this young man has, to go through the ordeal he did and to be in such great spirits during our visit is a tribute to him and his family,” said Echo Hawk. “I wish Corporal Baldwin the best of luck in his recovery and for the future.”

According to a press release, Corporal Baldwin is in the First Battalion, Fifth Marines, out of San Diego, California. He returned there on July 20 to continue his rehabilitation. Bethesda Naval Hospital is located in Maryland just north of the nation’s capital.