first published on January 9, 2019 by Will
A crazy video out of Afghanistan shows a Navy Corpsman get hit by shrapnel as a result of being to close to a controlled detonation.
Marines, unlike the Army, do not have their own combat medical personnel. Instead they rely on Navy Corpsmen who embed with each combat unit. In this instance, it was the corpsman who gets hit and wounded by the flying debris. Although all combat troops receive life-saving medical trauma training before deployment, having your primary medical specialist become a casualty on the battlefield is certainly an “oh shit” moment.
Controlled detonations are frequently used to destroy discovered IEDs or reduce unexploded ordnance (UXO) such as dud munitions. As demonstrated by this video, controlled detonations are not always controlled.
The wounded service member was evacuated for treatment and has made a full recovery from his wounds.