A Marine helmet cam became a sniper shot target that actually protected the soldier’s life while running for cover in Afghanistan.
The video, shown below, shows how two soldiers were standing at the opening of a tunnel. The bullet cleared the soldier standing in front, but then hit the man behind him. The sound of the sniper shot was loud as it made contact with the Marine’s helmet and cam. A person named Sam Arnold described the video on YouTube.
“A Taliban sniper managed to get a non-fatal headshot on a Marine’s helmet while the Marines were conducting a joint helicopter raid in the Now Zad district, Helmand Province in 2013.”
After the Marine helmet cam was hit by the sniper shot, the group scrambled back in to a safer area. “Dude, you got shot,” the helmet cam-wearing Marine said. “I did get shot,” the other responded, later noting that his ears were ringing but he was otherwise fine.
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According to Arnold, the sniper shot was part of a “U-shaped ambush by insurgents.”
The video shows the Marine helmet cam getting hit by the sniper shot. It starts as three soldiers prepare to leave the protection of the ruins of a desert building. Just before they leave, the bullet hits.
NewsOXY tried to reach out to Sam Arnold for comment but was unsuccessful. We’re not sure if he was the soldier who was shot, or one of the men with the group during the incident. Some people speculate that it might be a friend or family member who posted the video.
The men all inspect the Marine helmet cam shot by the sniper. The helmet saved him and the only evidence it shows of the impact is a missing piece of cloth. The Marine himself says he’s fine, too, minus some ringing in the ears, before the group all moves on to fight other battles.