This is above and beyond any definition of bravery! Read before watching this video.
The story is about Channing Moss, who was impaled by a live RPG (rocket propelled grenade) during a Taliban ambush while on patrol. Army protocol says that medevac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him.
Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said damn the protocol and flew him to the nearest aid station. Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol.
Here’s a short video put together by the Military Times, which includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went to West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team. Moss has undergone six operations but is doing well at home in Gainesville, GA. I think you’ll find the video absolutely remarkable.
OFFICIAL DoD COUNT OF:
Troops Killed in Iraq: 4434
Troops Killed in Afghanistan: 1512
Wounded in Action: 42913
We never hear about the wars or the difficulties these men and women have once they return to civilization. Here are some great websites and resources which explain what is happening to our men and women and the obstacles they face, once they return from war.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors