US Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire During Firefight

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Published Oct. 22, 2020

When the cameraman sent us this footage from Kunar province, he also stated that no rounds penetrated his body armor, and he made it home with no permanent injuries. Here's what he had to say:


"I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and I made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet, and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT when we got hit. The rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety."


"A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless."


When we initially published this footage, several other people claiming forward claiming to have been there with differing accounts of what actually happened and why.

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