Clipped From The Galveston Daily News
Injured commando released from San Antonio hospital i, A "•* .* SAN ANTONIO, Texas (UPI) — In answer to a wish he expressed to President Carter, one of five commandos injured in "last week attempt to rescue "American hostages in Iran was flown to his hometown "of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Tuesday. Airman 1st Class William .V. Tootle, 21, departed Kelly Air Force Base at -1:30 p.m. CDT aboard an raircraft with Joseph Zengerle, Assistant ; Secretary of the Air Force ^for Manpower, Reserves, ;Affairs and Installations. Tootle had been treated -at WUford Hall Air Force Hospital at Lackland AFB since he was airlifted to San "Antonio last Friday after .Tthe hostage rescue attempt , ended in a fiery collision between a helicopter and airplane. "President Carter visited Tottte and asked what he'd like to have most and he replied he'd like to go home and see his family," said Tom Connell, a spokesman at Lackland. Connell said that Zengerle invited Tootle aboard his aircraft and detoured to Fort Walton Beach enroute back to Washington, B.C., after Zengerle also visited with the other four injured men at Brooke Army Medical Center across town at Fort Sam Houston. Reporters were not allowed to question Tootle or Zengerle or the other four servicemen because of an edict issued by the Department of Defense the day the injured men arrived. At Brooke, where the four other were visited by both Carter and by Sen. Edward Kennedy, doctors reported the conditions of the four were unchanged as they convalesced in the hospital's famous burns ward. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph B. Beyers III, 37, Charleston, S.C., still was in critical condition; Marine Maj. Leslie B. Petty, 34, Jacksonville, N.C. was in serious condition, and Air Force 1st Lt. Jeffrey B. Harrison, 26, Warren, Ohio; and Marine Maj. James H. Schaefer Jr., 36, Los Angeles, Calif., both were listed in satisfactory condition.