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    The Tooth that Saved a Soldier's Life Marked as: Mature, Featured
    Christmas Eve morning a soldier came into our clinic at the Ibn Sina Hospital in downtown Baghdad covered in his own blood. He recounted an incredible story. Early Christmas Eve morning, two squads were assigned to sweep and clear two adjacent homes where Iraq terrorists were holed-up. The patient, SGT C, was leading one of those assault squads. The other squad hit their target first.

    SGT C said that he heard a lot of small arms fire and yelling, so he thought he would round the corner and size up the situation before advancing his team. Unfortunately, as he turned the corner, he found himself staring directly into the barrel of a 9mm automatic pistol. SGT C said he never had time to be scared, he just knew he was dead. The terrorist pulled the trigger and, miraculously, SGT C found himself still standing. He figured the bullet had missed. He advanced on the Iraqi, who immediately surrendered. After the enemy was rounded up, SGT C said he started to feel light! headed and one of his soldiers insisted that he proceed to the hospital. He realized at this time that he had lost his front tooth in the gun fight. He figured the ballistic shock from the weapon's blast had knocked it loose. He was wrong.


    When he presented early that morning Major Kimberly Perkins, our oral surgeon, took a panograph and discovered the incredible truth. The 9mm bullet did NOT miss SGT C. He was hit directly in the face. The bullet entered just below his nose where it impacted the apex of #8. The energy from the bullet was transferred to the tooth, literally ejecting the tooth from its socket, and stopping the bullet in its track. Other than the missing tooth, the majority of SGT C's injuries were confined to soft tissue.
    Incredible. I'll bet the Iraqi thought the guy was Superman or something; still standing after a point blank shot to the head!
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    My dad used to tease me about being hard headed, but I don't think just my teeth could stop a 9
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    Another example of escaping by the skin of his teeth!

    Actually I find this unbelievable if the round which was fired was a normal 9. More believable if the charge were defective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xercise2nd View Post
    Actually I find this unbelievable if the round which was fired was a normal 9. More believable if the charge were defective.
    Having seen where they get and how they store ammo, this is a likely explanation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xercise2nd View Post
    Another example of escaping by the skin of his teeth!

    Actually I find this unbelievable if the round which was fired was a normal 9. More believable if the charge were defective.
    I have seen a .45 round deflected by the bill of a normal baseball cap so I am not surprised about this case in particular.
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    it's really not that surprising when you've read the amazing stories that happen all the time with near misses and escaping death but it's still amazing when you hear them.

    the 5.56 rounds that US soldiers use were designed to deflect as soon as they hit something in order to "tear things up inside".

    i hope he took out a least one before feeling light headed. glad he's alright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Geoff View Post



    Incredible. I'll bet the Iraqi thought the guy was Superman or something; still standing after a point blank shot to the head!
    LOL thats exactly what I was thinking. That iraqi was probable felt like going

    That is awsome the guy is alive and doesn't have too much damage from it.


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    His number wasnt up.

    Simple.
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    Yeah....this happened during the opening of the war in 2003.

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    I'd imagine the terrorist that pulled the trigger wet himself when the American didn't go down.
    I don't know why he advanced on the target, why didn't he shoot the guy who just tried to kill him
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    whoa.
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