Ive lost count how many times Ive been on the ground looking up to see these guys screaming in. Mostly in a safe landing zone (LZ) but yet again, at times with multiple RPGs being shot across their bow, rounds skipping all around and yet the medics immediatly go to work on our wounded.
I had a wounded Afghanis one night that was in a fight against us. He & his compadres decided to attack us in our FOB in Helmand. Big mistake as they quickly learned. However, we attended to them after the fight was over and began fist aid on the injured enemy. The weather was terrible and althgough we called immediatly for medevacs they tried to land but a fog laywer and t-storms prevented it, so they orbited until they began to run out of fuel atempting to land, eventhough it was a wounded enemy we were risking the crews for.
For nearly five hours of multiple crews and aircraft trying to land the pilot had called me & asked how th patient was doing & if he would make it through the night. We told him we would do everything to save him and we did. The pilot said if he was not expected to make it he would try once more but didnt feel it was very safe as he had very limited visibility, high winds and pouring rain….good times but yet he would try it.
I looked to a medic and asked, can we keep him alive? The Doc said, I will do everything I can. I told the birds to return to base.
About 0500ish the next mornng a call from yet another helo & crew said they were going to make an attmpt to get the wounded afghani bad guy. Through the wind, blowing sand we could hear the blackhawk aproaching then only until about 20 feet above us this large dark object was visable right above us as the blackhawk began to land.
We saved that guy that day, but it was only because the warriors persistant attitude in that bird as they got him to surgury. I have dozens of stories like that about these studs, only wish the Americaan people understood their bravery. Time for a C-Gar