Soldier from Visalia Wounded in Afghanistan by Roadside Bomb

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25-year-old Kenneth Mitchell -- known by family and friends as "K.C. Kyle" was hurt when the Humvee he was in was hit by a roadside bomb.

K.C. is expected fly to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday. The 2003 Exeter High School grad was serving his second tour in the Middle East. His first tour was in Iraq.

Kyle's uncle who owns Gizmo's Hot Dog shop in Downtown Exeter -- talked to K.C. Tuesday morning after he just got out of another four hour surgery in Germany.

Bruce Kyle said, "He called me yesterday morning at 8:30 ... talked to me for a while and said he was in a lot of pain, sounded pretty groggy."

K.C. Kyle was just 26 days away from coming home. His parents, fiancé and newborn baby girl are preparing to fly to Washington, D.C. on Friday to see him. He's expected to be at Walter Reed for the next few months.

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