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Pleasanton Marine hurt in machine gun attack In Afghanistan

Jesse Pearson calls parents to report he's OK, faces surgery on elbow injury

Marine Corporal Jesse Pearson, son of Dorothy and Eric Pearson of Pleasanton, suffered an arm injury after being shot while conducting a building search near Sangin, Afghanistan Thursday afternoon. He was medivaced to Bastion Hospital in Afghanistan where he underwent surgery.

He was able to call and talk with his dad right after surgery while still quite groggy and provide some details. He said that while he was making the building search, a machine gun opened fire on Jesse while he was trying to pull an interpreter inside the building.

Jesse was returning fire when a round entered the side of his elbow, and exited the back of his arm. The shooter then ran into a nearby building, and an air strike was called in. Pearson said he doesn't remember anything else.

Pearson's left hand was not injured, but his elbow was damaged. On Sunday, he was airlifted to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany, where additional surgery will be performed, Pearson's family reported.

Jesse's younger brother, Marine Corporal Michael Pearson, just returned from Afghanistan last April as reported in the Pleasanton Weekly.

Jesse's younger brother, Marine Corporal Michael Pearson, just returned from Afghanistan last April as reported in the Pleasanton Weekly.

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