After his hospital stay to treat shrapnel wounds, Army Sgt. Ryan C. Young expected to be released soon and come home to Riverside County.
The 21-year-old soldier from Corona had appeared to be recuperating steadily from the injuries he suffered Nov. 8 when an improvised explosive device detonated and hit his vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq. But he unexpectedly developed a blood clot in his lungs that traveled to his heart, and he died Dec. 2.
"He was doing really well," said his mother, Cathi Cutshall of Corona, who, along with Young's wife, Sarah Smith-Young, traveled to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to be at his bedside. "We were talking about the future, coming home."
Young, who was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kan., was buried Friday at Riverside National Cemetery.