updated 3/2/2007 10:33:11 PM ET 2007-03-03T03:33:11

Home from military action in Iraq, a wounded Marine has found himself in another form of engagement.

Lance Cpl. Derrick Sharpe was welcomed home to Berwick this week with a parade. As his fire-truck escort pulled up to his house, his girlfriend hopped in the pickup truck carrying him and dropped to her knee with a ring in her hand.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, she asked, "Will you marry me?"

Stunned, Sharpe accepted. They sealed their engagement with a kiss.

The 19-year-old Marine was critically injured in an explosion Sept. 23 in Iraq. He was given only a 30 percent chance to live. His right leg was amputated.

Sharpe will be home for a month before returning to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for rehabilitation.

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