story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: USMC
Pinned down in a canal under fire and without working radios, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole made a decision: He would face the Taliban with an M240B machine gun.
His patrol, consisting of nine Marines and a Navy corpsman, had been ambushed on a mission launched from Patrol Base Moose in Marjah, Afghanistan, on Aug. 17, 2010. The attack was swift, with about 20 insurgents opening fire at distances of 30 to 100 meters. Cole, a machine gunner with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., was hit three times in the body armor. His fellow Marines didn’t fare nearly as well: five of them sustained gunshot wounds.
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