Video: Rescue in Afghanistan

posted at 4:46 pm on January 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

The perennial frustration with military surveillance footage: You know you’re witnessing acts of uncommon valor but the poor quality, redaction, and artless camera angles conspire to eliminate the human element.

Which is why that handshake is pure gold. Click the image to watch.

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Yes!! Way to go Heroes!

kcd on January 14, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Chills, thanks AP

lan astaslem on January 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Wow

EnochCain on January 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Damn workplace filters… I’ll have to wait ’til I get home to see this.

Frozen Tex on January 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

F#c&!ng SWEET!

RMC1618 on January 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM

So it was 6 KIA and 19 wounded. When they say they have 3 heroes recovered are they referring to the fallen soldiers and marine?

Bad Penny on January 14, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Where do we find them???

Wish the MSM would show more (any) footage like this.

God bless them, every one!

FloridaBill on January 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

goosebumps.

ctmom on January 14, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Hollywood, there’s your war film. Open and close with the real footage, depict the fight in the middle. No big stars, cheap to make, huge hit.

Bryan on January 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Our military is just incredible. A grateful American mom says, “Thank you.”

KelliD on January 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
-George S. Patton, Jr.

But it still is difficult…

broker1 on January 14, 2008 at 5:10 PM

*Salutes*

Yakko77 on January 14, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Our soldiers are the true heroes of the 21st century and deserve way more credit than they are given!

My friend who flies kiowa’s out there says the muslim nazi terrorists in Afghanistan are far more dangerous and skilled than the muslim nazi terrorists in iraq.

God bless our troops!

HaraldHardrada on January 14, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Best film I’ve seen in a very long time.

drjohn on January 14, 2008 at 5:12 PM

This happened at night, on a mountainside. Wow.

1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, 24, of Torrance, Calif.
Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, 23, of Parker, Kan
Spc. Sean K.A. Langevin, 23, of Walnut Creek, Calif.
Spc. Lester G. Roque, 23, of Torrance, Calif.
Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour, 21, of Swartz Creek, Mich.
Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks, 28, of Troy, Mich.

*Salutes*

Maybe someday we can learn the names of the crews and medics – who have to ‘ride the hoist to the ground and back up, time and time again’.

RushBaby on January 14, 2008 at 5:14 PM

The weakest of our soldiers is still stronger and braver than the current Democratic party. I salute each and every one you.

Eyes of the Dragon!

3rd Recon

Suburbandad on January 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Hollywood, there’s your war film. Open and close with the real footage, depict the fight in the middle. No big stars, cheap to make, huge hit.

Bryan on January 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Exactly! I’m waiting for the day Hollywood is taken over by conservatives and they finally realize they will make more money showing us as good guys instead of as the evil American imperialists!

Joe Mccarthy would have his work cut out for him in today’s hollywood.

HaraldHardrada on January 14, 2008 at 5:16 PM

The bravery and dedication of those soldiers is beyond words.

pedestrian on January 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Joe Mccarthy would have his work cut out for him in today’s hollywood.

In terms of identifying….No. It would be really easy. In terms of volume……Oh yeah!

Hollywood, there’s your war film. Open and close with the real footage, depict the fight in the middle. No big stars, cheap to make, huge hit.

Bryan on January 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

True dat. I’m sure you would have an easy time raising $$ for production costs, but theater and DVD sales would make up for that immensely.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

This is terribly beautiful. Apocalypse not now, thanks to these brave patriots and many more like them.

horatio on January 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Absolutely chilling…….

Thank you, brave heroes, for all that you do. Watching this again I am proud, yet humbled, to call myself a citizen of the United States.

Thank you.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

AMAZING.

Words fail me as how to thank these brave troops around the world fighting to enable all of us to live in freedom.

a very heartfelt THANK YOU

jdsmith0021 on January 14, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Hollywood, there’s your war film. Open and close with the real footage, depict the fight in the middle. No big stars, cheap to make, huge hit.

Bryan on January 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Absolutely! Pure Gold. May God Bless them all.

Zorro on January 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

goosebumps.

ctmom

Exactly. I was mesmerized.

scotth on January 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

That was powerful in so many aspects. The terrain there is so rugged and unforgiving – someone most likely had to evac those soldiers on a litter to that casualty collection point over those hills that the medevac was hovering above. All of this during a firefight with a determined and deadly enemy on terrain of their choosing. Well done men. . . well done. God Bless those soldiers and their families. Stay safe and hurry home. Give the enemy hell.

RTLW

King of the Britons on January 14, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Powerful stuff.

BlackCapitalist on January 14, 2008 at 6:16 PM

“”Where do we get such men?” From The Bridges at Toko-Ri. Seems every generation has it’s heroes and these are ours. Sitting here on my fat fourth point of contact, it is hard to feel worthy of these men and women.

The Opinionator on January 14, 2008 at 6:26 PM

The perennial frustration with military surveillance footage: You know you’re witnessing acts of uncommon valor but the poor quality, redaction, and artless camera angles conspire to eliminate the human element.

These aren’t liberal hacks with a studio, and the best camera’s money can buy, and most have little to no training outside of reconnosince photography “just the facts”. Even against the best Hollywood has to offer, these men blow them away with truth. I will always prefer a truthful depiction over an artful lie.

Rode Werk on January 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

There is no way I could listen to that call and pickup sign without tearing up.

God bless the men, the Heros on the ground.

Markvike

Markvike on January 14, 2008 at 6:57 PM

3rd Recon

Suburbandad

Have you read “One Bullet Away”? Highly recommended to any Recon Marine.

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Were these Air Force P.J.’s?

I like how they used the soundtrack from “Blackhawk Down”.

God bless our Troops!

Tony737 on January 14, 2008 at 7:02 PM

It does invoke strong emotions.

Kini on January 14, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Thank God this video got out. Even if only to a small group of Americans. I mist up a bit watching our Hero’s in action. I saw this stuff in Nam, and am Sooo proud there are still people around so brave. We’re a lucky nation folks.

Now; this is my opinion only. As a vet who was not appreciated when I came home, I want to thank you all on this blog who have given the honor due to the brave men and women abroad. Pat yourself on the back for ‘giving a damm.’ The extraction team and the extracted are also grateful for your support.

mustang1 on January 14, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Bryan

Hollywood, there’s your war film

No way is THAT gonna happen. They only show our Troops as cowards and babykillers. Phuq hollywood, if they wanted to make money they’d film “Lone Survivor”.

Tony737 on January 14, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Mustang

Hollywood, there’s your war film

Some of us have ALWAYS appreciated our Vets from ALL wars. It seems latley that now it’s ok to thank our Vietnam Vets when we should’ve been doing that all along, and some of us have been. By the way, ya gotta read “Unheralded Victory”, a book that sets the record straight about us WINNING the Vietnam War. Thank you for your service sir.

Tony737 on January 14, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Ooops, that qoute was suppossed to say …

I saw this stuff in Nam

by Mustang.

Sorry.

Tony737 on January 14, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Thank you vets, and thanks for sharing that one Allah.

Mojave Mark on January 14, 2008 at 7:09 PM

tears
tears of pride
tears of sadness
Bless them all
to say thank-you never seems enough

jadedlady on January 14, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Incredible in so many ways.

oakpack on January 14, 2008 at 7:28 PM

Tony737

Thanks. There is such a distorted Hollywood view of what went on in Nam. Nearly all of us vets have proud memories of what really went on; not unlike this video. Over and over.

That’s all ancient history now. Let’s focus on the now. And to Jadedlady; thank you is always enough (coming from home).

mustang1 on January 14, 2008 at 7:31 PM

ALL WORTHLESS LIBERAL SWINE SHOULD BE FORCED TO WATCH NOT ONLY THIS VIDEO….

BUT OTHERS LIKE IT “CLOCKWORK ORANGE” STYLE TILL THEY VOMIT.

awesum on January 14, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Wow. this item and the accompanying story at Soldier’s Angels Germany hits home for me, though i personally have not served or sacrificed much of anything in the WOT.

A very good friend of mine was best friends with Lt. Matt Ferrara. She called me after he died to tell me about it and her friendship with him and what a great young man he was. She was of course broken hearted about it, but extremely proud of his service. They went to HS together in Torrance CA, and she had maintained her friendship with him. Lt. Matt was a West Pointer, and from what my friend told me about him, a Great American of the First Order.
Some of his ashes were spread on the grounds at West Point.

My friend also has two brothers in the Marines, one who served in the Gulf in 91 and another brother who served with the Marines in Anbar in 05-06. He’s now in Kuwait.

Mike D. on January 14, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Thanks Tony737!

I was Army Recon (Yes we do have those)and I will add that to my reading list!

Eyes of the Dragon

3rd Recon

Suburbandad on January 14, 2008 at 7:41 PM

You know what I couldn’t help thinking toward the end of this? That the Russians fought here for ten bloody years and left in defeat. What does that tell you about them? And us?

Kafir on January 14, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Mike D. “though i personally have not served or sacrificed much of anything”

I disagree Mike. You have both served and sacrificed, with your time and effort. You CARE about these brave vets. And that is enough.

That was my earlier point: “all on this blog who have given the honor due to the brave men and women abroad.”

mustang1 on January 14, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Being Military Poilce attached to an Air Assault unit in the mid-80′s I have strong feelings for blackhawk missions, and when I re-watched that video full-screen and re-read the storyline….

I wish I could go back and help our country defeat the enemy.

In 2004 after Bush’s re-election, and I knew he wouldn’t cut and run, I tried to get hired by Dynacorp for a year contract to train the Iraqi Police (I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice, then joined the Army)…

3 resume submissions over 6 months and I was denied each time….being “too old” at 45……Even though I am a masters track champion at 5’10, 198 lbs.

Forgive my diatribe….but I run across alot of LibTurds who always chant the mantra “well, why don’t you go over there then?”

So I say again…….

ALL WORTHLESS LIBERAL SWINE SHOULD BE FORCED TO WATCH NOT ONLY THIS VIDEO….

BUT OTHERS LIKE IT “CLOCKWORK ORANGE” STYLE TILL THEY VOMIT.

awesum on January 14, 2008 at 7:58 PM

awesum

Nothing to forgive. Great diatribe!!

mustang1 on January 14, 2008 at 8:07 PM

This is the most impressive thing I have seen since Viet Nam.

TimothyJ on January 14, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Damn the waterworks have started. God bless all of our vets. Thanks AP

limowilliam on January 14, 2008 at 8:37 PM

God bless our insanely courageous troops. And Gold bless their mothers.

grits on January 14, 2008 at 9:19 PM

Seeing heroism like this makes my service in the Navy back in 95-98 seem practically inadequate. All I did was work on a aircraft carrier as a Damage Controlman. Thank God for brave men and women like this who do go into harms way to bring our fallen and wounded heroes home.

Yakko77 on January 14, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Thanks Mustang. Its not really enuff, compared to the uniformed men and women much who are much better than I’ll ever be that give the country everything they have, including their very lives, as Lt. Matt did.

But i appreciate the thought and the comment.

Mike D. on January 14, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Awesome.
/Salute

Bladerunner1701 on January 15, 2008 at 12:54 AM

May God watch over these brave young men and grant eternal peace to those fallen in battle. Our country owes its existence to men like these, but sadly too few of us are aware of their sacrifice.

vcunn22 on January 15, 2008 at 1:01 AM

So it was 6 KIA and 19 wounded. When they say they have 3 heroes recovered are they referring to the fallen soldiers and marine?

Bad Penny on January 14, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Yes. Not sure if one of the three was the Marine, but hero in this context is a fallen Service Member.

scotth on January 15, 2008 at 1:53 AM

My son is in the 173rd. God bless him, and all Sky Soldiers, past and present!

Lurking Vet on January 15, 2008 at 6:53 AM

Awesome – While I understand your frustration at not being able to join the “hot” fight, I would also like to point out that you, and I, serve at home. In this day of information war, your contribution to the cause is just as important as our brave sons and daughters that stand the line…
And yes, I did tear up during the video. Just last week a young man that I have known for quite some time was winged in helos… He will be joining the fight shortly.

Babs on January 15, 2008 at 11:10 AM