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Rescued soldier arrives in Germany

Suffered gunshot wounds and broken bones during ordeal

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Lynch is transferred to an ambulance at Ramstein Air Base.

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Pfc. Jessica Lynch arrives at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
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Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks presents video of Lynch's dramatic rescue.
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Lynch's family, hometown ready to welcome hero home.
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (CNN) -- U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, rescued after spending more than a week as a prisoner of war in Iraq, arrived in Germany for treatment of her wounds shortly after midnight Wednesday (5 p.m. EST).

About 24 hours earlier, U.S. troops fought their way into Saddam Hospital in Nasiriya that was doubling as a military post and carried her to safety.

The daring helicopter mission, conducted under cover of night, was described by U.S. Central Command as a "classic joint operation" involving Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marines, Air Force pilots and command controllers.

After touching down in Germany aboard at C-17 military transport plane, the 19-year-old Lynch was taken by ambulance to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Her brother, Greg Lynch, said military officials told the family his sister had "multiple wounds" and that both her legs had been broken as a result of gunshots. Military officials said she was in stable condition.

Jessica Lynch, a supply clerk with the 507th Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas, was able to speak briefly to her family in her hometown of Palestine, West Virginia, after she arrived at Landstuhl.

"Real scared and weak, but spirited" was how her father, Gregory Lynch Sr., 43, described his daughter's voice.

When asked what she said, he replied, "Just that she hasn't eaten in eight days and she's hungry, she wants some food."

"She knows she's injured and they're doing their best to get her so that she can travel again," said her brother, Greg Lynch, also a private in the Army. "She said she's tired, she wants to rest."

Watching his sister's arrival at the air base on a television monitor, Greg Lynch said he felt relieved. "It brings tears to my eyes and a smile to my face," he told CNN.

The family had no information on when Jessica might return to the United States.

A convoy of Lynch's unit was ambushed March 23 by Iraqi forces near Nasiriya after it apparently took a wrong turn.

Seven other members of 507th Maintenance Company remain missing, five are prisoners of war and another is listed as killed in action. At least four members of the unit were wounded.

Lynch's family was jubilant Wednesday morning when they heard the news. "I think everybody heard all the screaming and shouting that was going around," her father said with a gentle laugh.

"We love her and the little brat's caused a big stir in this county," the self-employed trucker said with a grin that reflected both his relief and his joy.

The youngest of the Lynches, 18-year-old high school senior Brandy, has already enlisted in the Army and is scheduled to start training in August. Her sister's experience has not had a negative effect on her desire to serve, she said.

"It makes me want to do it even more," the blue-eyed Brandy Lynch said. "It's the Lynch blood."

Firefights surround raid

During the raid early Wednesday, members of rescue team fought their way into the hospital, found Lynch and fought their way out.

Green-cast night scope video provided by U.S. Central Command showed troops carrying Lynch from the hospital and onto an Black Hawk helicopter

A color still photograph showed an almost smiling rescued soldier surrounded by her comrades in arms, an American flag on her chest.

A man taken into custody during the assault led U.S. troops to 11 corpses -- nine in a "grave area" and two in a morgue -- said U.S. Central Command briefing officer Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks in Doha, Qatar.

Troops attend to Lynch after her dramatic rescue.
Troops attend to Lynch after her dramatic rescue.

Officials have not yet confirmed whether any of the bodies were those of soldiers from Lynch's unit, said Central Command spokesman Capt. Frank Thorpe.

Despite the barrage of hostile gunfire entering and leaving Saddam Hospital, there were no coalition casualties among the rescue team, Brooks said.

"It takes a brave bunch of people to risk their own lives to go in and free a hostage," said Gregory Lynch Sr. "We didn't even know she was captured, you know. Last we knew she was just missing in action."

CNN correspondents Jason Bellini, Tom Mintier and Alessio Vinci contributed to this report.

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN's policy is to not report information that puts operational security at risk.


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