Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff

The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor.

Smith had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack and he was critically wounded.

Family has said the Clovis native sustained a gunshot wound to the head when his group came under enemy fire.

Taylor said the 29-year-old has undergone several surgeries and if his progress continues, he could be moved to a rehabilitation facility as soon as the end of the month.

“Prayers work wonders,” she said.

Taylor said Smith’s wife Lindsey Smith and his parents Dale and Cindy Smith of Clovis are still with him at the hospital.

If he is moved to a rehabilitation center, she said his treatment could span a couple of years, so his wife and two young children are planning to relocate when the time comes.

A prayer vigil was held in Clovis July 20 with family, friends and community members gathering to extend their hopes for his recovery.

Taylor said the family continues to be grateful for the support they have received from the Clovis community.