Live RPG Removed from Soldier


    The story is about Channing Moss, who was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol. Army protocol says that medivac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said damn the protocol and flew him to the nearest aid station. Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol. Here’s a short video put together by the Military Times, which includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went to West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team. Moss has undergone six operations but is doing well at home in Gainesville, GA. I think you’ll find the video absolutely remarkable

    Here is America at its best:

    • blue bronc

      One such grenade removal was covered by the media midding ’60’s in Vietnam. X-Rays and movies, hero medics and doctors. It was, IIRC, a feature article in Life magazine. CBS had a few seconds for it too. Much of the coverage was in black and white, color film was still expensive then.

      It showed the building of the sandbag walls in the OR. It was dramatic. And the results were very satisfying for most. Of course this was before the action bloody war movies that started coming out a decade later when blood and gore became the norm for those who have never been in the military.

      All the sacrifices and heroics will never over come the humanity wasted for political gain.  We are still fighting those willing to sacrifice humans for their own political standing and power.