A Highland High School graduate now serving with the Marines lost both his legs Saturday when he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Phillip Baldwin, 21, of Fort Hall, is currently receiving treatment at a U.S. Army hospital in Germany, where he was flown following the IED incident in which he also suffered pelvic injuries and lost a finger.

Baldwin's mother, Vickie, said she spoke to her son this morning and he's in good spirits despite his injuries.

Vickie said that Phillip, a Marine radioman, had already been in two firefights while on patrol Saturday when he stepped on the IED on return to his base.

Vickie, herself a member of the Air Force Reserve, said that Phillip was a standout member of Highland High School's wresting team. He has a 22-year-old brother Bruce, a 2007 graduated of Century High School, who's also a Marine and another brother, Alan, 18, who just enlisted in the Marines.

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