From the Military Times.
(Warning: Video contains a few graphic images from the operating room.)
Army Spc. Channing Moss was impaled by a live RPG during a Taliban ambush while on patrol in Afghanistan. Army protocol says that medevac choppers are never to carry anyone with a live round in him. Even though they feared it could explode, the flight crew said ‘damn the protocol’ and flew him to the nearest aid station. For medics that was their only choice.
Again, protocol said that in such a case the patient is to be put in a sandbagged area away from the surgical unit, given a shot of morphine and left to wait (and die) until others are treated. Again, the medical team ignored the protocol. This video put together by the Military Times includes actual footage of the surgery where Dr. John Oh, a Korean immigrant who became a naturalized citizen and went on to graduate from West Point, removed the live round with the help of volunteers and a member of the EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) team.
Thank God for people like PVT Channing Moss and Dr. John Oh. These folks are the true heroes. And yes, they are part of the American military ‘superpower’ of which we are so proud.