This Is An American Soldier Walking For 3 Minutes In A War Zone

Courage under fire.

This video by Funker530, a veteran's community group on YouTube, offers a tiny glimpse of the point of view of a soldier pinned down under fire. Watch closely and you'll see the dust kicked up by rifle fire as it strikes the area around him — just before he's hit. 

An American soldier captured the incredible and terrifying footage in Afghanistan wearing a helmet camera. In the video's description, the soldier tells his story:

" I got a hit a total of 4 times. My helmet cam died and i made it down the mountain on my own. I was also hit in the side of my helmet and my eye pro was shot off of my face. We were doing overwatch on the village to recon and gather intel. I was point heading down the face of the hill with the LT. when we got hit. 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."

"A round struck the tube by my hand of the 203 grenade launcher which knocked it out of my hands. When I picked the rifle back up it was still functional but the grenade launcher tube had a nice sized 7.62 cal bullet hole in it and was rendered useless. "

Yes. This is an American soldier walking for three minutes in a war zone, taking fire from terrorists who mean to kill him, his friends, and you.

No rounds penetrated his body armor and he survived with no permanent injuries. Other soldiers were not so fortunate.

Cover picture via We Heart it.

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