Photos Show Marine's Narrow Escape From Death in Afghanistan

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    Photos Show Marine's Narrow Escape From Death in Afghanistan

    Dramatic photos show a Marine's narrow escape from death Sunday while facing insurgent gunfire in Afghanistan.

    The Marine, part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), was exchanging gunfire with Taliban fighters near Garmser in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when a Reuters photographer captured the soldier's very close call.



    A series of six photos show the Marine, wearing a T-shirt and fatigues but no combat helmet, ducking as insurgent gunfire tears through the top of a mud wall he's using for cover. Remarkably, the Marine escaped the gunfight without injury.

    “The insurgents are finding that every time they engage with the Marines, they lose,” Col. Peter Petronzio, commander of the 24th MEU, said in a statement issued May 10. “The Marines are gaining ground every day and securing more of the routes through the district. The support we have received from our allied partners has contributed to our many successes thus far.”


    Troops have targeted this region on the Pakistan border that has served as a route for supplies and reinforcements for insurgents since April 28.

    "Definitely they are putting resistance in the area because Garmser is very important for them," Gen. Carlos Branco, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, told the AFP.

    "Garmser is a planning, staging and logistics hub. Once lost it will mean a severe defeat for them," he told the agency. "That is why they are reinforcing with insurgents coming from other places, both north and south."

    Branco told the AFP that the insurgents had suffered "heavy" losses.
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    The link has the pictures.
    This was a very close call. Glad he is O.K.
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    wow that was close
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    Looks like the photographer needed a rifle instead of a camera.
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    What narrow escape from death? What cheating? The shot at him missed - plain and simple. By the time he started to flinch, the threat of the round was long gone and he was left to deal with the rocks.

    No doubt they are very cool and dramatic photographs, but they don't shot him escaping or cheating death, just flinching and falling with a bunch of debris.

    Looks like the ACOG took the brunt of the fall for the rifle. I bet it still works fine.
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    Hmm, where is his PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), not often to see guys in boots and utes in a firefight.

    PPE is required for any convoy or patrol work, as well as post and any duty that can put you at risk.

    The ACOG probably still is fine, its a tough, well built, piece of gear.
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    he was prolly on his down time and they got hit. its happened before. reminds me of NTC actualy. i got stuck on the QRF detail for a few days shortly after someone in my troop built a shower. as im showering opfor tries to get in and next thing ya kow im running out of the tent in a towel and shower shoes with my M4 and a bandoleer of mags. hillarious but not too bright on my part.
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    Bobcat, I'm aware it happens, and see you point, it just seems odd to me, no PPE, no extra mags, and that doesn't really look like a FOB wall. Guess I'm gonna have to look around on this a little more.
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    Lucky guy, I hope his Mom, wife or kids don't see those pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    ... and that doesn't really look like a FOB wall. Guess I'm gonna have to look around on this a little more.
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    The one caption cracks me up, saying something about "taking cover". Looks to me like he got knocked down.

    No matter though, great pictures and makes me appreciate what they are doing even more.
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    For those that want to joke about how close to death he was -- Or joke about what he wasn't wearing --

    I suspect he was a lot closer to death than any of us were today.

    Any day our guys get through with only a pile of dirt on them is a great day. This guy is doing his job. He doesn't take the pics or write the captions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePVB View Post
    For those that want to joke about how close to death he was -- Or joke about what he wasn't wearing --

    I suspect he was a lot closer to death than any of us were today.

    Any day our guys get through with only a pile of dirt on them is a great day. This guy is doing his job. He doesn't take the pics or write the captions.
    Who's joking?

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    I wasn't jokin about his lack of PPE, its actually a serious issue. The Marines are pretty serious about making sure we wear it at all times while engaged in combat operations.

    His job is my job, I'm just not over in the sandbox yet, but that time is rapidly approaching for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Who's joking?

    Been there and done that my friend, we tend to see things through different sets of eyes.
    Good for you. I am happy you made it back.




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