Plaquemine Marine wounded by IED in Afghanistan

Deidre Cruse

Marine Lance Cpl. Clark Cavalier, badly wounded by a roadside bomb in Helmand Procince, Afghanistan, has been moved to the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, for treatment, his father said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

Cavalier is the son of Becky and Mickey Cavalier of Plaquemine. Sheriff Brent Allain, who has been in touch with the family, arranged for the POST/SOUTH to talk to them in Baltimore, where they joined their son on Saturday.

Mickey Cavalier said he and his wife received word at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24, that their son had lost both his legs and suffered serious injury to his left arm when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Helmand. Because of the time difference, it would have been Saturday there when the explosion occurred, he said.

“He took the bulk of the injuries,” Mickey Cavalier said, though others in his unit suffered concussions.

Clark Cavalier was immediately sent to Germany for medical treatment, and was moved Friday to Bethesda. His parents joined him on Saturday, and called Allain on Sunday.

“They were very upbeat, considering all,” the sheriff said. “They were able to spend some time with their son. They were pleased with the treatment.”

Mickey Cavalier said doctors, taking a wait and see approach, are holding off on dealing with the injuries to his son's left arm.

“It's going to be a while,” he said. “It's just a day to day thing, and we've got to take it from there.”

“He's in good hands,” he said. “So far, [the doctors] are very satisfied with the way things are going.”

Plaquemine residents have been concerned about Clark Cavalier since word of his injuries began circulating last week.

Asked what else he would like people back home to know, the Marine's father said:

“Give us some more prayers. That's No. 1.”