Enumclaw soldier doing OK after bombing

Sgt. 1st Class David Hershberger, a 1999 graduate of Enumclaw High School, was injured April 20 during a blast caused by a suicide bomber in Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class David Hershberger, a 1999 graduate of Enumclaw High School, was injured April 20 during a blast caused by a suicide bomber in Iraq.

According to his father, Hershberger was standing about 10 feet away when the bomber, dressed in a police uniform, set off the explosion.

Hershberger’s injuries apparently were not serious, but could have been. Shrapnel was found lodged in his body armor and in his weapon. He was flown to a nearby hospital to be checked out. He spent two days in the hospital before returning to duty.

Lee Hershberger said his son initially described his injury as “just a scratch” on his neck.

“Like a good soldier, he brushed it off,” Lee Hershberger said, adding that the wound was actually a deep laceration that required stitches.

The bombing occurred on David Hershberger’s 29th birthday, near government buildings in the town of Baquba, about 40 miles northeast of Baghdad. The blast reportedly killed four policemen and wounded seven civilians and eight U.S. soldiers. Two of the injured soldiers have been returned to the United States and two of the dead had worked with Hershberger as interpreters.

The Hershbergers had received a call at their rural Enumclaw home from the Department of Defense, alerting them to the fact their son had been hurt but his injuries were not life-threatening. Later in the day, they were able to talk with their son by phone.

Reach Kevin Hanson at khanson@courierherald.com.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Carpenters union members peacefully strike on Sept. 16 in downtown Bellevue (photo by Cameron Sheppard)
Carpenters union strike on pause after “illegal picketing activity”

Union spokesperson claims wildcat protestors harrassed and threatened violence.

t
Peter Rogoff to step down as Sound Transit CEO in 2022

Became CEO in 2016; search for replacement to begin

File photo/Sound Publishing
Ban on single-use plastic bags in WA begins Oct. 1

Shoppers will have the choice to pay for a reusable plastic or recycled paper bag.

Image courtesy Public Health Insider
New data dashboard tracks COVID risk for unvaccinated people | Public Health Insider

No vaccine is 100 percent protective, but unvaccinated people are 7 times more likely to catch COVID and 49 times more likely to be hospitalized.

Mount Rainier. Photo courtesy National Park Service
Rainclouds and cooler temperatures put an end to several local burn bans

Campfires are once again permitted at Mount Rainier park campgrounds.

file photo
Housing and finance insiders call for subsidized housing families can own, instead of rent

Advocates say increasing homeownership will strengthen the community, build intergenerational wealth

Becky Rush-Peet is embarking on a 500 mile journey through the Camino de Santiago this year. Photo by Alex Bruell.
Enumclaw woman starting second, longer pilgrimage after nearly dying in 2015 tree crash

Five years after being crushed by a tree, Becky Rush-Peet is going for a 500-mile walk.

The Sept. 13 Enumclaw City Council meeting was a full one, though no members of the city council, and few of the audience, actually wore masks. Screenshot
Enumclaw council returns to full force, but without masks as city breaks COVID records

Read why several council members choose not to wear a mask, even though the council is back to being fully in-person.

Local police officer Arthur Fetter competes with his father, Jeff, in the Double Bucking event. Photo by Ray Miller-Still.
Billy Clinkingbeard cinches All-Around Logger for seventh year in a row

Photos and scores from the 2021 Buckley Log Show.

Most Read