By Grant Bissell
EUREKA, Mo. (KSDK) - Family, friends and complete strangers are showing support for an injured Marine from Eureka, Mo.
Sgt. Caleb Patton suffered serious leg wounds when a mortar exploded during a training exercise in Nevada on March 18. Eight other Marines were killed and five others were wounded.
Patton's mother, Alex, has spent the last few weeks with her family visiting Caleb at a Reno area hospital. But while they've been away, people in the St. Louis area have been busy making mementos to honor the injured and the fallen.
A short time ago a Facebook page popped up called Cards for Caleb and Crew. The page was started by a friend of the Patton family and encourages people to make their own, home-made cards.
The first cards addressed to Caleb came in last week and they were from three young girls named Ella, Hanna and Alyssa. Since then there have been hundreds of messages of support and lots more cards for Sgt. Patton and his injured Marine brothers.
Caleb's proud mother says she's amazed at the outpouring of love for her son.
"It's been pretty overwhelming, all the support," said Patton. "We just ask that everyone continue to pray not only for Caleb's recuperation but for the other Marines who are also still here in the hospital."
Alex's co-workers at the Wildwood Family YMCA will begin collecting cards for Caleb and his fellow Marines on Friday.
Alex Patton says Caleb has undergone the last of four surgeries. Now the Patton family is focusing on Caleb's rehabilitation.