University High grad injured by roadside bomb in Afghanistan


by Othello Richards &

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 4:56 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY-- An attack in Afghanistan that killed three U.S. Army Soldiers Monday wounded a recent University High School Graduate.

KREM 2’s Othello Richards sat down with Private First Class Destrey Groom’s parents Tuesday.

The family learned about the attack from him Monday morning.

Destrey Groom graduated from University High School in 2010.  His parents tell us their son had a burning desire to serve his country.  He enlisted in the Army.

In February, Private First Class Groom deployed from Fort Bragg in North Carolina to Afghanistan.

A member of the 82nd Airborne, Groom operated a rocket launcher and the top mounted gun of an armored vehicle. His was remote controlled from inside the vehicle. His parents tell us Groom was also a demolition expert in his platoon.

Early Monday morning, Groom called his family to say there had been an accident. He told his parents he was on patrol and leaving a town near Ghazni when their armored vehicle rolled over a 200 pound roadside bomb.

The blast obliterated the front of the vehicle and killed three of his fellow soldiers. One other was unharmed. Groom was hurt.

Groom’s parents said he woke up on the ground, as he was being loaded in the helicopter. He suffered 2 fractured vertebrate, a broken ankle and wounds from shrapnel.
Private First Class Groom was flown to Germany and he now awaits a flight back to the United States.

Grooms parents expect him home in Spokane Valley within a week, on at least a 30 day medical leave.