While details are still sparse on how this unfortunate situation came to be, this U.S. Army infantry outpost in Paktika Provence, Afghanistan, was mistakenly hit by a not-so-friendly 500-pound bomb.
The air strike was called in to support the Army mortar team, equipped with 60mm mortars. Their First Sergeant made the decision to “stand do” before the air strike, which almost certainly lead to saved lives.
“If it hadn’t been for the decision of the First Sergeant to bring everyone to stand to, three of our guys would have died in that wood building. His decision saved three of our men,” explained one soldier in an interview with the Funker team.
“Honestly we had dropped so many bombs up to that point that the thought never even crossed my mind that this could even happen, especially with all the checks put into place. About a half second before impact you could hear the bomb screaming in like I hadn’t ever heard before, and I definitely knew at that point something was off. After the initial realization that it had hit behind us, we were so scatter-brained trying to figure out what happened. It hit so close to the guys in the tower it actually knocked the fill out of radios.”
Even though their position was hit directly, there were zero friendly casualties. Somewhere in Afghanistan there is a First Sargent who won’t have to repeat himself for a good long time.