'It was like a slow-motion day all day'

'It was like a slow-motion day all day' »Play Video
Staff Sgt. Matt Murphy

FORT LEWIS -- A bomb blast that killed two Fort Lewis Stryker soldiers in Afghanistan on Monday also severely injured another Stryker soldier who grew up in Lewis County.

1st Lt. David T. Wright II, 26, of Moore, Okla. and Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell, 24, of Carlise, Pa., were killed in the country's southern region when enemies attacked their vehicle with an improvised bomb.

Meanwhile, in Randle, Kalah Murphy got a phone call saying that her husband, Staff Sgt. Matt Murphy, had been severely injured in the blast.

"I got a phone call in the morning," she said. "Honestly, I just went into shock."

The military said Matt had lost one leg and was in danger of losing both.

"I was scared. I couldn't hold anything down," Kalah Murphy said. "I was very, very in shock. It was like a slow-motion day all day." 

Kalah says the Army turned its attention to her welfare. She already has two small children at home, Conner and Rylee, and there was additional concern because she's 6 months pregnant.

"It made it to where now they're concerned for my health, for the baby's health," she said.

But when she finally got to talk with her husband in Germany, the worry disappeared. Doctors saved Matt's other leg.

"I talked to him. He's doing good," she said. "(He's) very eager to see his family and be with us.  He's doing great."

She says Matt was more concerned about losing two of his fellow soldiers in the roadside bomb blast that hit their Stryker vehicle Monday in Afghanistan.

"I talked with him this morning for the first time and he's taking that real hard, of course," said Tim Murphy, Matt's father. "He calls them his men, his guys."

This is especially tough on the Murphy family because not just one son, but two are serving overseas. James is in Iraq -- it's a big commitment from a family.

"Yes, it is," said Tim Murphy. "Every time the phone rings you think or get that feeling that, 'I hope this isn't the phone call.' "

But the family says it's getting a lot of support from the folks in Morton, Randle and Packwood.

"I think we're blessed to be where we're at now," Kalah Murphy said. "Small town, small town support. It's amazing."

The family is preparing to fly to Washington D.C. to be with Matt when he's flown to the Army Hospital there on Friday.

His brother James is on his way from Iraq to escort Matt home from Germany.