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Date: 09/27/12 07:04 AM

43 Responses to U.S. Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 7:05 am
    Link: U.S. Soldier Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire - No rounds penetrated his body armor, and he made it home with no permanent injuries even though he got hit by 4 rounds.
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 7:15 am
    I talked to a kid who just came back from the "sandbox" as he called it. He took 3 explosive rounds to the chest. He was on the field for six hours before he was picked up. There is a lot more to the story, but it`s graphic and sad. The kid must have been 19. You wouldn`t have thought someone that young have been through hell. You could see it in his eyes.
    He told me about the futility of the wars in the middle east and I believe him. I can`t bring myself to support the cause one iota.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 7:21 am
    Ok, a few things:

    1) Looks just like an FPS - creepy and cool at the same time.
    2) Why exactly would you run toward the gunmen when if you just moved a little back you`d have much better cover? He spent almost a whole minute walking around with no cover.
    3) Where the F was the rest of his squad?!
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
    96 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 7:28 am
    Lesson for the troops...NEVER silhouette yourself on a hill and stay under cover if at all possible. Relieved he survived. SEMPER FI my OEF brother
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 7:42 am
    Where the F was the rest of his squad?!

    Flanking the haji to help him get laid.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
    1442 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 7:49 am
    "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."

    Read information on the youtube video before you criticize. His squad couldn`t move so he stood out in the open so they would shoot at him and let his squad escape.
    The guy has brass balls.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 7:52 am
    @evil_eye: I wasn`t criticizing really, just wondering. I didn`t bother to read the info, I suppose I should have.
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    September 27, 2012 at 8:07 am
    "Hey, I`m moving down!"

    What? You weren`t a good enough target? Shooting randomly from 10 yards down the hill is somehow better than shooting randomly from cover? I`m glad he`s okay, but from that moment on he was asking for it.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 8:08 am
    So he was hit, I gather.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 8:15 am
    I don`t buy into his whole story. If he was going out to draw fire so the rest of the troop could get away, then it was a suicide mission. So why did he yell "I`m hit!" a thousand times? Who was he yelling it to? His troop was gone and the enemy was too far away to hear.

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 8:21 am
    @patchouly

    Headsets how doez dey work?????
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3291 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 8:37 am
    And that right there, people, is why I could NEVER do what our brave men and women over there do every day. It looks like it wasn`t that bad of a "hit", and that he`ll be back to his job in no time. This video could be called "First Hero`s View," as far as I`m concnerned.
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    danagamer Male 30-39
    701 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 8:39 am
    "I`m hit"... is that like "time out"?
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 9:24 am
    pown that n00b
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    nosecret Male 18-29
    62 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
    how can any of you mock this guy? appalling....
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
    96 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 9:36 am
    How many non-OEF or non-OIF vets played Monday morning quarterback on this one? Easy to do from your desk.. playing HALO and watching Full Metal Jacket 20X does not make you an expert nor a veteran
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    loleh Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 9:48 am
    what a retard, too bad he didn`t die, as that was clearly what he was trying to do...
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    markust123 Male 40-49
    3929 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 9:57 am
    I have mad props for all soldiers. They do a job I am so thankful I never had to do.
  19. darkneveah Male 18-29
    5 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 9:57 am
    Pwn him is right. Didn`t aim and hell running down like a snail cmon.
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    MacGuffin. I know you haven`t posted a bull poo comment YET....but still F-U.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:02 am
    God bless him and the rest of our troops.
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 10:06 am
    Loleh...Canada ay? Must be a chicken-poo draft
    dodger
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    Zombiemike Male 18-29
    552 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:06 am
    This guy can`t operate under fire for poo.
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    Lillim Female 30-39
    269 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:11 am
    @Zombiemike: And you`ve been under fire how many times? Yet you think you`d do better? I`ve had a gun pulled on me (not even fired, just pulled on me) once- despite having been raised around guns and being a competent shooter myself, I still froze. Unless you`ve been in that situation, shush.
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Here`s Zombiemike`s Interests: Books / Comics / History / Philosophy / Nudism...Sounds like a warrior to me
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:28 am
    IZ PLAY DA BF3 HE DOING IT`Z ALL WRONG LISTEN TO DIS WARRIORZ!!!!
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    Lebowski42 Male 18-29
    67 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:39 am
    You can`t really tell how steep the hill is because he is looking down the slope, what a terrible situation he found himself in, no cover enemy has a bead on him, he has no idea where fire is coming from.,
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    Butters420 Male 18-29
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    September 27, 2012 at 10:58 am
    he is the perfect example of what not to do
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2012 at 11:42 am
    @USAF27 - I`m with you brother, I`m a Marine vet with 5 (OEF/OIF) combat deployments.

    All the FPS Xbox warriors who are saying sh*t like "He`s an example of what not to do" and "he can`t operate while under fire" need to shut the f*ck up. If you`ve never been in combat or even in the military you have no room to talk. There`s absolutely no way for you to understand what goes on in a firefight and the fact that every single split-second decision you have to make is a matter of life and death. If you don`t know, those "crack" & "snap" sounds are the rounds coming at him, passing over his head. I`d like to see how quick you`d all sh*t your pants when the bullets start flying. Keep in mind this sh*t is REAL, there`s no time limit and no re-spawning.
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    antagonizer Male 18-29
    508 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 11:53 am
    @whodat6484 Although I agree that people who`ve never experienced combat have no concept of the mechanics of it, it doesn`t negate their ability to have an opinion and from the point of view of the camera, it appears he`s made some serious judgment errors. You may not agree, or even like what they`re saying but didn`t you "fight for their right to say it"?
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    Howler81 Male 30-39
    324 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    Hey, I respect the heck out of our troops, and I`m not even going to pretend to critique what is in this video. I am curious about one thing: Why is there a video, apparently from a combat situation, on the Internet? I assume his videos go through some sort of clearance process?

    It just seems like the sort of footage you don`t send to bad guys or have Geraldo reveal, etc. I don`t want the Taliban to know how U.S. soldiers are trained to react in a firefight.

    Forgive the comparison, but even in football, coaches spend hours reviewing any footage of the other team they can find to look for weaknesses and patterns that can be exploited. And that`s a game. This is (as those four shots so clearly demonstrate) a life or death situation.

    I value freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but I can`t help but think having footage of this sort openly available presents a potential danger for our troops. Am I wrong on this?
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    cheeseb Male 30-39
    257 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    those Westboro Church f*cks should have to suck this guy`s nuts. Politics of war aside, those guys are doing what their country asked of them, no matter how difficult and stressful (mild terms, I should say), and no matter how politically charged the mission.
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
    96 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    And we fought for our own rights as well. One example is our right to tell people we don`t agree with to F*ckoff. So we are all happy now...OIF/OEF VET
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
    3909 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    @antagonizer - Not having experience in a situation such as this DOES negate someone`s ability to have a clear picture of what`s going on in order to put together a well thought out argument/opinion.

    According to the description of the video, they were providing "overwatch" which means they`re covering another unit that`s maneuvering to a better position, possibly flanking, the enemy. Covering fire is meant to make the enemy keep their heads down so they can`t shoot at your buddies who may be moving out in the open. That`s why they`re up on the ridge, you can see everything and have clear firing lines. His only real mistake was silhouetting himself on that ridge by not staying low to the ground. Lucky for him the majority of Taliban fighters can`t shoot worth a sh*t! There`s really no one, except the people who actually there during this particular fight, who can gather enough info from a sh*tty helmet-cam.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    "I`m hit! I`m hit! I`m hit!"

    Quit your belly-aching and get up and fight,you coward!!!
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    September 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    last thirty seconds of the video "I`M HIT!!!" well what the drat do you want your squad to do? Run out in the open like you did so they can save your ass?
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    VirtualParty Male 18-29
    787 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm
    Brave. Crazy. Intense. Not very many words can be used to accurately describe this.

    Weird enough he doesn`t seem to be aiming any of his shots. At all? Shoots a burst in one random part of the mountain then another. But after all we aren`t seeing -exactly- as he is.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    September 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm
    robosnitz -
    Communication - lets others know and calls for the medic, basic training. Well was when I was in t`army
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    September 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    whodat6484
    True words sir
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    September 28, 2012 at 7:50 am
    My daughter thought that he was yelling for taxi.
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    loleh Male 30-39
    28 posts
    September 28, 2012 at 10:31 am
    @ usaf27, lol only draft dodgers up here are American, Canada dosnt draft retard, we have no reason to as we have no reason to travel the world killing woman and children for oil, we have our own.
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    Thetas Male 18-29
    1540 posts
    September 29, 2012 at 9:16 am
    What I find strange about this video is three things:
    1) He doesn`t seem to have a battle buddy with him.
    2) He`s standing up in the open most of the time before he gets shot instead of staying low and finding cover.
    3) After he gets shot, instead of laying down behind the large rock, he lays back next to it, even while taking fire.

    I don`t know the specifics of what on in this video but those seemed like poor choices. Regardless, props to the guy for taking 4 rounds and makin it out relatively unscathed.
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    USAF27 Male 40-49
    96 posts
    September 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm
    Your "Too bad he didn`t die" post says a lot about your love of humanity. I respect Canada and have been deployed with Canadians. I just assumed that you "immigrated" there around the Viet Nam era. We don`t draft retards either. Your country fought along side us in the 1991 Gulf war which was only about OIL. Also in WWI, WWII, Korea, Kosovo, and Afghan. Outa here...

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