26
Sep
07

“There’s a f–cking rocket in him, sir!”

An RPG-7

Pfc. Channing Moss was impaled by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, while riding in a convoy with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Explosive disposal team members and the medical staff at FOB Organ E saved Moss, removing the live explosive from his body despite the Army protocol of sandbagging victims with live explosives embedded and considering them “expectant.”

Here’s a video which recounts the incident in detail. This is going on my “list of reasons I’m glad I’m not in Afghanistan”. As you might expect, a wound of this sort is indeed pretty gruesome; this is definitely not for the feint of heart. You can also read about the incident, if you prefer.

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