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ROME: Wounded Marine pleads for prayers

ROME, Ga. -- A wounded Georgia Marine was greeted by hundreds of admirers while he prays for the comrades he left in Afghanistan.

Lance Corp. Tucker Williams is recovering from injuries he received from three bomb blasts while on patrol in Afghanistan. He will heal in a town that lined the streets of downtown to welcome him home.

Williams said he would return to Afghanistan "in a heartbeat."

"The sad realization is you get back over here and you know your job over there was to keep your friends safe, and you can't do that anymore," said Williams. "You sit here and wonder."

The 21-year-old Marine said he wasn't sure what had happened at first when he found himself surrounded by three roadside bombs last month. All three exploded. Williams was injured by flying shrapnel.

"It all happens in slow motion," said Williams. "I didn't realize what happened to me until I hit the ground. Once I did, I was surprised to find everything was still attached."

Williams suffered multiple wounds to his face, throat, and other areas. He lost a part of one finger.took part of a finger. While recovering in the hospital, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The heart of his hometown sank with his injury, but rose again when Rome learned that Lance Corporal Williams was coming home.

"I'm so proud to be an American, and proud we have great wonderful people that would do that for us," said Savannah Tanner, who was there to cheer Williams as he rode through Broad Street.

And Tucker Williams is clear; he would risk injury again if it means others can come home.

"Most of my friends didn't get as lucky as I did," said Williams. "I've got two friends who lost both legs. I would like everyone to keep them in their prayers. Pray for all our wounded warriors."