first published on September 11, 2015 by Will
The firefight begins at 6:55 after U.S. forces surprise Taliban fighters before they have the chance to properly setup their ambush.
From the gunner: “A fast paced, unconventional firefight, throwing doctrine out the window. 16 days after the death of Osama Bin Laden we were on a mounted patrol and ran into 6 Taliban fighters trying to set in an ambush. We ended up killing 4 of them. The .50 cal broke over the rough terrain. We had done our PCC’s & PCI’s prior, along with a test fire. Murphys law took effect that day.”
After returning to the FOB, they discovered that the .50’s firing pin had broken into several pieces.