Amazing stories of body armor saving soldier's lives (28 Photos)
During a patrol in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Kyle Deenan was shot at point-blank range with a pistol, to which he shrugged off and fired back.
Taliban bullet deflected off my armor and through my arm – and I didn’t feel a thing
British soldier had sniper’s bullet pulled from his back after being shot by Taliban
Staff Sgt. Jeremie Oliver, from Chesterville, Maine, shows off the protection that saved his life after being shot by an insurgent in the Baghdad neighborhood
Soldier survives sniper’s bullet after stopping to eat
Lt Rice went back to his duties just two weeks after a bullet entered his back whilst leaning over a radio, skimmed along under the skin above his spinal cord, exited just below his skull finally penetrating and exiting his helmet
Gunnery Sgt. Shawn Dempsey after surviving sniper in Iraq. “I’m standing here in front of you,” he says. “I can tell you it’s effective.”
iPod slows an AK-47 round. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side. The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor.
Helmet Saves 4th Infantry Division Soldier
An Army Sergeant stationed at Schoffield Barracks in Hawaii was recently awarded the Silver Star for bravery on the field of battle. The Soldier, Sergeant Scott Kenyon, first shot, then wrestled with an Iraqi insurgent who was shooting at him with a silenced 9mm machine gun. He didn’t even hear the shots until one hit his kevlar, the bullet embedding itself into the side of it, and one into his body armor. The bullet hit his helmet so hard, it turned his head to one side. “I’m not going to lie. I was scared — I was scared to death,” the tall and lanky 22-year-old man from Lansing, Mich., said yesterday. Kenyon shot the insurgent in the hand, causing the weapon to fly out of his hand. He also shot the other Iraqi that was firing on him. According to the Honolulu Advertiser: But he kept going, wrestling down the Iraqi who had the machine gun, while another Schofield squad killed the other man.
British officer cheats death after Taliban rocket bounces off his chest
Lt Anrude with helmet
Pilot reunited with life-saving helmet
Lance Corporal Tom McGuffie shot in the helmet during an ambush
A British soldier in Afghanistan was dubbed the luckiest man in the military on Monday after a Taliban bullet pierced his helmet – and he lived to tell the tale.
Helmet Protects Soldier from Sniper Fire
Helmet Saves Marine Combat Photographer in Al Anbar
Shot on his birthday
Heroic marine throws himself on grenade. Lance Corporal Matt Croucher could receive the Victoria Cross which is the Royal Marine’s highest award for gallantry. During a night mission, a tripwire booby-trap was stepped on which released a live hand-grenade. The marine shouted “grenade” and as his friends dove for cover as Croucher lay with his back on the lethal device. The patrol commander, Corporal Adam Lesley threw himself to the ground and another man got behind a wall, but one marine had frozen and was still standing when the grenade detonated. “My reaction was, ‘My God this can’t be real’,” said Lesley. “Croucher had simply lain back and used his day sack to blunt the force of the explosion. You would expect nine out of 10 people to die in that situation. “With fuses that can last several seconds the men waited for what “felt like a lifetime” before the grenade blew up. Croucher survived the incident, saying “I felt one of the lads giving me a top to toe check. My head was ringing. Blood was streaming from my nose. It took 30 seconds before I realised I was definitely not dead.”
Soldier survives grenade attack in Afghanistan. Some pictures are worth a thousand words.
Lance Corporal Denis Larubi with a bullet tear clearly showing on the left shoulder of his body armour
“today was a good day”
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