Helmetcam Shows A US Soldier Taking Fire In Afghanistan

This is war in 2012 — you can literally see a soldier under fire in Afghanistan. The soldier was shot but suffered no permanent injuries. It's insane.

Here's how the soldier described the whole situation:

I got a hit a total of four 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.

The footage was shot as part of an ongoing documentary of the war in Afghanistan right now. You can follow it at Funker 530. [Funker 530 via BoingBoing]


Comments

    This guy's a moron! He is in the open on a slope and moving towards gunfire. Not only that but I have no idea what he was shooting at? It may be the weird fisheye view but it looks like he's shooting way high. As an ex Soldier myself with over ten years experience, I have no sympathy for this twit.

      So go to Afghanistan and show him how its done, compared to sitting behind the computer telling what a moron he is.

      I would suggest your the moron. The soldier says he was taking fire deliberately so that his squad could escape.This is pure heroism. I could never do it.

        Read my answer to 'JC's' comment. What he was doing was putting his mates in dander by calling for help. I've done my service for my country mate, what have you done?

      +1, does this explain why there are more casualties than there should be.

      So true.
      This guy was completely exposed, with zero cover, on top of a hill, in full view of an unseen enemy, and shooting randomly.
      Drawing fire indeed. He may as well have been wearing a fluoro suit, with a target painted on him, and carrying a sign that said "shoot me"!

      You don't know the full circumstances up to this point.
      And a great f*cking soldier you must have been not to be willing this guy on to safety. I bet you were that "one" guy who had to be promoted to keep you away from everyone else.

        Hey, he didn't die or even get wounded! If he was taking fire on purpose in the way he was doing it, he was a liability, particularly calling for his mates to come and help and thus putting them in danger. I've paid my dues mate what have you done?

          I have to agree, i kept thinking this guy is a dumb ass. ok sure, get out of cover to lure the guns away from your squad... except i am sure they have more htan one gun... two you can STILL use cover. if your going to split their fire, do it right.

          also, he had a damn scope on that gun, he didnt seem to use it once. shooting at random just makes you look scared and aimless, they wont stop shooting you, jsut reasure them your a dumbass. shoot at them or not at all

            the camera is not his eye, the camera is not his eye, the camera is not his eye.

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        I wish I could delete my previous comment. I did not realise you had been a soldier. I'm sorry...

      Until I saw your line "As an ex Soldier myself with over ten years experience, I have no sympathy for this twit." I was going to retort with: "Obviously hasn't been playing as much BF3 as you."

      Damn your experience!

    A great video demo on what it is like taking fire. I feel a great deal of gratitude to this solider and men (and women) like him, and their families.

    wholly crap thats insane

    My 2 bits.... he was wasting ammo shooting blindly. He would have been better off just moving rather than stopping and presenting a stable target.

      He should have drawn his knife out as well right?

      You run faster!

      You seem to be unaware of exactly what covering fire is.

        Uggh covering fire is not shooting blindly into the wild blue yonder. You actually have to fire at the enemy. You play way to many video games.

    Yeh there's heroics and there's being dumb. What did he expect other than to get pinned down or hit (multiple times), friggin scary seeing the dust of the mountain flick up as shots nearly hit him!

      Actually, he's a tragic hero.

    If he wanted to distract them, using the grenade launcher and then staying behind cover where bullets can't hit you would be a smarter strategy...

    wow, Im no soldier but why would you run DOWN the hill TOWARDS the fire?... would it not make sense to fall back slightly with the hill as cover and go from there? I mean if there was nothing behind them to stop them that would make sense to me.

    O well, still glad to see he got out of there alive and safe. There are far worse that could have happened, and seeing how close them bullets came to him in some of the moments, he still kept his cool pretty well.

    From what I can gather, and I'm not sure about this just by watching the footage, but I think he was hit

    What do you expect when you invade someones country ?

    That's... not how drawing fire works. Purple heart and a ticket home?

    There are several ways to draw fire. All of them work, most of them work a little too well. His goal was probably that rock he ended up at, but I'm sure he was much faster and didn't stumble down the hill face, when he ran through it in his head.

    How scary! Respect to this guy!

    Dude that is the scariest video I've ever watched. War sucks ass.

    @bonkers, as ex service myself, *I* would've shot him, were he in my squad!
    All the way though I would've slapped him on the head!

    IMHO, this is more a show of the fact that troops are being sent out into hot zones WITHOUT proper instruction. I believe that given the amount of arsekicking I was given, any military force can dish out enough pain to make even the more idiotic person at least semi-competent

    +1 for national service!

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