Ended up in a firefight the other day, with sixteen Marines and an onion on my side. Thought I might write something on it.
For The Faster Times:
Kurghay, Afghanistan—We were rambling down the pass from the Bedouin’s tents when the first bullets winged by overhead. Long, drawn-out whistling sounds, almost musical, nothing like the zipI’d heard in flicks. The Sergeant thought it might be overshot fire from a couple klicks away, aimed at a vehicle unit—Cat One—halfway between us and an insurgent position on the far side of the valley. Then Lance-Corporal Stephen Johnson, a combat cameraman a few meters behind me, piped up.
“Hey Sarge,” he said calmly, “that one landed right by my foot.”
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