Family: Marine's recovery 'nothing less than a miracle'


The Fountain County Marine injured in last week’s landing craft accident is “doing really well physically,” according to social media posts from his family.

Dallas Truxal, 22, has been speaking with relatives over the phone and FaceTime as he continues recovering from his injuries. He was moved to a Naval hospital in San Diego Sunday for further treatment.

“His recovery is nothing less than a miracle,” Truxal’s aunt, Catrina Tomamichel, wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday. “He still has some healing to do over the next six weeks but he is doing phenomenal.”

Truxal was among 15 Marines and a Navy sailor aboard an assault amphibious vehicle that sank during a training exercise Thursday off the Southern California coast. Eight Marines were rescued, but one later died and another was in critical condition.

The Marines Corps called off the search for the missing troops Sunday. They are presumed dead.

Truxal has learned the fate of the troops and “now more than ever he is ready to be back with his Marine brothers,” Tomamichel wrote. Truxal and his family have been asked not to speak with the media as the Marines continue investigating the incident.

He is a 2016 graduate of Fountain Central High School.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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