Recon Marines Use Fire and Maneuver to Repel Enemy Ambush
This is some of the more "intense" footage from a 3 hour long patrol in Upper Sangin Valley. The video begins just after Alpha Element is engaged in what turns out to be a small preliminary ambush.
A word about tactics:
The overwhelming majority of casualties in this area were from IED's. These were usually located in channelized areas between buildings and walls (where there was cover from gunfire). We stuck to open fields because it was easier to repel enemy fighters and treat gunshot wounds than it was to find IED's and treat blown off limbs.
*Side note: Names are muted for privacy, and aftermath footage was left out as a courtesy to both the viewers and the fallen (no Marine casualties).
Credits : Emily Sussman
Winegard earned the Cuningham Award of 2012 for the best pilot of the year. He had saved the lifes of his comrates, who were attacked by the Taliban, by shooting out of his flying helicopter by the board machinegun.
CREDITS: Gulf Flyer This is the second pass from the previous engagement (Dad,Mom,Son) Dad wouldn't give up until a flechette rocket brought him to his knees. This entire engagement lasted nearly 7 hours from start to finish. To include every second of every video just to satisfy the "Anti-American" position isn't going to happen.