Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Injured Marine leads rescue under enemy fire in Sangin

A Royal Marine from 40 Commando has been praised by his Commanding Officer for personally overseeing the safe medical evacuation of his injured colleagues despite being hit three times himself.

Lieutenant Jack Anrude, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, is currently serving in Helmand province in Afghanistan. He is a Multiple Commander and has been living and working in the notorious Sangin district for the last three months.

Lieutenant Jack Anrude from 40 Commando Royal Marines
Photo: Crown Copyright/MOD 2010

On Sunday 20 June 2010, his multiple was patrolling with the Afghan National Army (ANA) in a village when a lone insurgent opened fire, injuring three members of the patrol, including Lt Anrude, who was shot in the arm, head and took shrapnel wounds to his legs.

Lt Anrude said:

“As we approached the local mosque in the village, the usual pattern of life was missing and there was already a sense that something suspicious was happening from within the compound walls.

“We were trying to speak to one of the village elders, and an insurgent suddenly appeared behind a gate and fired about 30 rounds at us with an AK47 assault rifle.

“Five rounds hit the ANA soldier in the leg and one of my IED searchers was hit in the right ankle.

“I was shot in the right arm and received fragmentation injuries to my legs, as well as being hit in the head – thankfully my helmet saved me.”

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  1. Its amazing really after such a short time there that you could 'feel' that things were not right - can never beat 'gut' reactions...Lt Anrude did Well. Hope you all on the road to recovery.

    You all go through so much doing your job - Proud of You all. God Bless.

  2. A true and very handsome " Hero !!!

  3. A true hero
    Not many left these days ,hope to hear more similar stories : ))) J.