A Camp Lejeune Marine and graduate of ECU is on his way back to North Carolina after the 33 year old was severely wounded Saturday in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Steven Matea's job was to neutralize and disarm bombs and IED's.
His parents, who live in Henderson, say Matea suffered injuries to his legs and one of his lungs was pierced after a Taliban missile exploded.
A marine that was beside him died due to the explosion according to Matea's parents.
Matea will receive care at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and is expected to make a full recovery.
Eleven Camp Lejeune Marines have died in Afghanistan in the past ten days.