Watch GoPro Footage: U.S. Soldier Barely Survives Taliban Machine Gun Fire During Firefight
During a firefight with the Taliban in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan, a U.S. soldier was struck several times by Taliban machine gun fire, barely escaping with his life.
The video, which was uploaded in 2012, says in the description that the U.S. soldier ran out into the open so that his squad to get to safety.
They were doing overwatch on the village to gather intel and do recon, and as this soldier and the LT were coming down the face of the hill, they got hit by Taliban machine gun fire and the squad was pinned down.
During the fight, a round struck the tube of the soldiers hand holding the 203 grenade launcher. The grenade launcher was knocked out of his hand. While trying to pick it back up, the grenade launcher tube had a 7.62 cal bullet hole in it, rendering it useless.
The soldier was shot a total of four times, but managed to make his way down the mountain on his own despite yelling for help and saying he was hit several times. No rounds penetrated his armor and he returned home with no injuries.