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Update: Alliance man and Marine recovering in German hospital after bomb explosion

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A former Alliance man, serving a year in Afghanistan with the United States Marines, is recovering in a German hospital after being seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Family members of 23-year-old Billy Simmons say he was traveling in a vehicle with four other men and a dog when the bomb exploded.

The explosion, which happened on June 20th, killed three people and the military dog.

KOTA Territory has learned that Billy's family is on their way to Omaha to fly to Germany to be with their son. They are thanking the community for its support and prayers at this time.

Simmons suffered injuries to both legs, his jaw, his left wrist and other internal injuries.

He will eventually be transported to a medical facility in Maryland once he is cleared to leave Germany by doctors.

Simmons enlisted into the U.S. Marines last April. This was his first deployment.

Simmons was born in Alliance, graduated from a Grand Island High School and moved to Lincoln about five years ago.
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