U.S. Marine Survives Shrapnel To Ribs In Intense Firefight

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Published Oct. 21, 2020

An intense firefight video from March 2011 highlights Kilo Company 3/8 Marines as they attempt to suppress and gain fire superiority over a Taliban force that surprised them with an ambush.


The Marines hug the ground, attempting to use whatever they can find for cover. Enemy rounds whiz in close, indicated by the snapping sounds. At approximately 00:58 into the video, a round impacts the ground just inches from two of the Marines.


During the engagement a Marine takes a small amount of shrapnel to his ribs. He made a rapid recovery and rejoined his platoon two weeks later and kept on fighting.

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