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  • A rocket-propelled grenade flies over the top of a U.S. convoy as it tries to escape the onslaught of enemy bullets.

  • Soldiers are shouting the location of insurgents as they return fire.

  • Team leader in Green Beret, Herbert Thompson, leaves off the back of the pickup truck he's been giving orders from.

  • He swings the LAW rocket launcher around from behind his back, kneels down and fires.

  • The rocket accelerates toward the enemy as bullets slam into the ground around him.

  • Earlier that day, Thompson and his squad were working with Afghan forces to secure a remote village.

  • It was surrounded by mountains and deserts, with no allied base close by.

  • They received word that there may be insurgents in the village and to proceed with caution.

  • The goal was to take the village, so it could be used as a new outpost in the region.

  • Unfortunately, the intel Thompson received did not include the full extent of the insurgent presence in the village.

  • The enemy was not about to just give up to the U.S. forces and their allies.

  • The squad had entered the village and almost immediately took enemy fire.

  • The shots were intermittent, but it was clear more enemies were beginning to join the fight.

  • It was time to get the hell out of dodge.

  • There was just one problem: The only way for the convoy to get out of the area was by traveling down a single dirt road running through the village,

  • and it was all but inevitable there would be enemies waiting in ambush.

  • The firing from the enemy was intensifying and was coming from all sides; it was clear that the insurgents had Thompson and his squad surrounded.

  • They also had the high ground in the buildings of the village.

  • It did not look good for Thompson and his men.

  • A nearby navy SEAL platoon had reached the outskirts of the village and provided Thompson with further intelligence that the enemy was setting up along the only route out.

  • It was now confirmed that there would be an ambush waiting for the convoy, but they couldn't just sit in the open any longer.

  • Thompson needed to make a difficult decisiondrive through the ambush or sit and wait for air support that may never come.

  • When Thompson radioed for backup, command informed him that they were coming, but it didn't have an ETA.

  • Thompson couldn't rely on the air support to reach them in time, and although the SEAL platoon could provide covering fire, they were still making their way toward the village.

  • The rugged terrain of the region made traveling by land slow and arduous.

  • As he weighed his options, Thompson realized that there was no way they could wait for air support without taking casualties;

  • they needed to get out of the village and they needed to do it now.

  • He began drawing the layout of the village in the sand and gathered the squad around his makeshift map.

  • They were going to have to blast their way through the ambush, but that would require him to be able to survey the landscape and make split-second decisions.

  • Thompson knew he couldn't do this from within an armored Humvee due to the lack of visibility.

  • He informed the squad he would be traveling in the back of a pickup truck toward the end of the convoy to make sure they had the best chance of getting out.

  • The open bed of the truck was perfect for gathering as much real-time information as possible, but it was wide open to enemy fire.

  • Thompson stacked Kevlar vests and helmets around the radio equipment on the truck in hopes it would provide him with some protection, but that was just wishful thinking.

  • He informed the squad of his plan to drive the convoy out of the village even though they'd be on their own, since it was unclear when backup would arrive.

  • The men in the squad knew it would be dangerous, but they trusted their commander and gave him nods of approval.

  • They would follow his orders, whatever they were.

  • The soldiers loaded into the armored Humvees while Thompson climbed into the back of the Ford Ranger pickup truck, they began to drive down the dirt road toward the ambush.

  • Thompson didn't know exactly where the ambush would occur, but as they approached a 90-degree turn in the road, he figured this must be the spot.

  • The convoy had to slow down to take the turn and it allowed for optimal citing for the insurgents.

  • The sky was blue and the sun shone brightly. Rays of sunlight reflected off the windshields and metal hardware of the vehicles.

  • The hum of the convoy engines was the only sound that filled the otherwise silent streets.

  • Then suddenly, a rocket propelled grenade flew 10ft over Thompson's head and exploded as he hit the wall of the buildingan ambush had begun.

  • He ordered the soldiers in the convoy to return fire.

  • Thompson had assumed that at this point the navy SEALs would pop up over the ridge and provide support for their escape, but due to the rugged topography of the region, they'd slow down.

  • The convoy began shooting back as enemy fire intensified.

  • Rockets flew overhead and they were launched at the U.S. soldiers and their allies from the upper floors of buildings.

  • Thompson yelled orders to keep the convoy moving forward and make it past the kill zone, Thompson radioed the SEAL team to find out where they were.

  • He needed support badly if they were gonna make it through this.

  • The SEAL team leader informed them that the ridge they planned to support from was too far away, and they were now proceeding to the next ridge to provide supporting fire.

  • The SEALs were frantically scrambling up the closer hill, trying to reach the overlook as quickly as possible.

  • They knew this was a life or death situation for the convoy, but it was unclear if they would make it in time.

  • There was nothing that Thompson and the soldiers could do but continue fighting.

  • They slowly made their way through the ambush, keeping an eye out from mines and improvised explosives.

  • If any of the vehicles are incapacitated by such devices, the convoy would be unable to continue and it was likely no one would make it out alive.

  • Thompson quickly radioed the other members of his team to make sure everyone was okay.

  • No one had been severely wounded yet, bullets continued to rain down on the convoy.

  • Then suddenly, all vehicles came to a screeching halt.

  • The lead Humvee had come to a stop and it couldn't have happened at a worse timemost of the convoy was still in the middle of the kill zone.

  • Thompson needed to do something drastic until the convoy could get moving again.

  • He glanced over his shoulder at the LAW rocket launchers slung across his back, Thompson jumped down from the bed of the pickup truck and dove for cover.

  • Bullets embedding themselves in the ground near him, kicking up small clouds of dust.

  • Thompson could make out exactly where the enemy was so he maneuvered his way to a building with a better vantage point.

  • The enemy fire intensified on his position now that he had separated himself from the convoy, making him an easy target.

  • Thompson took a deep breath, stepped out from behind his cover, and launched a rocket toward the muzzle flashes of enemy weapons.

  • The rocket hit the building and exploded. The enemy at the location had been neutralized.

  • Thompson dropped his spent LAW on the ground and ran back toward the convoy.

  • He weaved through the ruins of buildings as bullets ricocheted off the walls.

  • When he reached where the convoy was supposed to be, he frozethe vehicles were gone.

  • Thompson reached for his rifle as more and more bullets were fired at him, only to realize in his split-second decision to use the LAW, he left his gun on the truck.

  • Now he was only armed with a pistol while multiple enemies fired down at him.

  • Thompson peered further down the street and spotted the convoy and his truck moving slowly away from him.

  • He knew he couldn't stay in his current location where he'd be pinned down and eventually killed.

  • Thompson paused for a moment, took a deep breath, and sprinted from the safety of cover toward the convoy.

  • He ran faster than he had ever run before, even though he was weighed down by pounds of body armor and gear.

  • As he closed the gap between himself and the convoy, one of the Afghan special forces soldiers turned his gun toward the enemy's behind Thompson and began shooting.

  • The special forces soldier unleashed an awesome amount of suppressing fire at the enemy position to cover the leader of the squad.

  • As he continued his mad dash for the convoy, Thompson let toward the vehicle and slid into the bed of the truck, his body slammed into the far side of the bed.

  • The special forces soldier looked down and smiled as he continued firing, welcoming his commander back to the relative safety of the convoy.

  • Thompson took a few deep breaths before grabbing the gun he had left behind and making a mental note to never go anywhere without his rifle again.

  • Enemy bullets and rockets continue to fly at the convoy as it slowly made its way out of the kill zone, then something unthinkable happenedthe convoy stopped again.

  • Thompson waited for the vehicles to continue out of range of enemy weapons, but the convoy remained motionless.

  • Thompson radioed the other soldiers in his unit to see what was going on, but no one knew why the lead vehicle had stopped. Thompson groaned as he knew what he needed to do.

  • "Here we go again," he thought, Thompson jumped out of the truck, this time with his rifle, and made his way toward the front of the convoy.

  • He passed the other vehicles where soldiers were returning fire at the enemy until he reached the lead Humvee.

  • There didn't seem to be anything wrong with the Humvee itself and there were no obstacles.

  • Thompson popped up and shouted through the window at the driver to get the hell out of the ambush.

  • The driver shifted into gear and slammed on the accelerator. The vehicle lurched forward and continued moving.

  • Apparently, the driver had thought the convoy had made it completely through the ambush and had stopped for further orders;

  • he was unaware that the back end of the convoy was still in the kill zone.

  • The convoy slowly moved past Thompson and when his truck finally approached, he jumped into the back.

  • They left the village and proceeded to a compound that had been secured in the next town over.

  • As Thompson looked back at the village where they had been ambushed, a pair of Apache attack helicopters roared overhead.

  • The SEAL team had reached the ridge and were providing covering fire for the convoys escape. They had made it.

  • The convoy pulled into the compound where they were greeted by soldiers and medics ready to tend to the wounded and casualties.

  • Miraculously, no one in the convoy had been seriously injured or killed.

  • Thompson thought about the escape they had just made and how it was the worst thing he ever had to do as a Green Berethe had to make difficult decisions and put his life on the line.

  • But in the end, he saved the lives of everyone in this squad with his fast thinking and heroic actions.

  • Now watch "The Most Lethal Special Forces Units From Around the World," or check out "Navy Seals vs Green Berets - Which Military Special Forces Unit Wins?"

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