Using a camera strapped to his helmet, an unnamed soldier filmed a battle in rugged northeast Afghanistan in which he was shot four times. The video, uploaded to YouTube as part of an ongoing documentation of the war, has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
The video opens on a rocky hillside in the violent Kunar province. The soldier is seen returning fire from unseen insurgents. He then begins to work his way down the hill, exposing his position to draw attention (and gunfire) away from his team, which is pinned down by an enemy machine gun.
As he works his way down the hill without cover, the soldier draws fire, is eventually shot several times, and is heard yelling "I'm hit!" repeatedly. In fact he was shot four times, according to the soldier, who suffered no permanent injuries in the attack and is quoted in the YouTube description.
"We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the [lieutenant]. when we got hit," the description reads.
"The rest of the squad was pinned down by machine gun fire. I didn't start the video until a few mins into the firefight for obvious reasons. I came out into the open to draw fire so my squad could get to safety."
The video ends with a bullet striking his rifle, knocking it out of his hand. The soldier says the rifle remained functional, and that he used it to make it down the hill, but the rifle's grenade launcher tube was "rendered useless" by a large bullet hole.
No bullets penetrated his body armor or helmet.
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