KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A dramatic new video on YouTube shows a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan exposing himself to machine gun fire to allow the rest of his squad to get to safety.
According to the helmet-cam video published this week on YouTube, the unnamed U.S. soldier – who survived the incident – and his squad were pinned down by machine gun in the mountainous Kunar Province in Afghanistan.
(Warning: Video is rather intense, and contains strong language. Viewer discretion advised!)
The unnamed soldier picks up the rest of the story in the YouTube description:
“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.”
There is no word on when the firefight took place.