(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South Marine has the thoughts and prayers of many after he was hurt in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near him.
Marine Christian Brown, 28, was nearly killed by an explosion during combat in Afghanistan.
"He was a good kid, real sweet," said friend Judy Brooks. "We all loved him. He always wore a hat and we knew it was CB when he came in."
Brown is a 2002 graduate of Munford High School and he attended River of Life Church in Munford.
The church's pastor said he recently received a letter from Brown, written while in combat.
"He's corresponded with us several times, thanking the church for the prayers and people here for lifting him up in prayer," said Pastor Greg Temke. "He's been in several tough situations."
Church members say Brown always joked around with fellow church members.
"If you showed CB love, he'd always be the one to return love," said Temke.
Temke said Brown is on his fourth tour of duty. Before going into combat, he was very active in his church's youth group.
"Please, remember him and other men and women serving in active duty and in harm's way," the pastor asked.
Brown lost both legs, a hand and has critical injuries to his pelvis and ribs.
If he survives the next 24 hours, he will be flown to Germany and then to Maryland for continued medical treatment.