Sergeant Patrick Lae Incident Analysis

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On July 27, 2007, during a village assessment and presence patrol mission in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Patrick Lape and his team came under enemy fire. The enemy fire had stopped almost as soon as it started, but not far after it started again. One of the Sergeant’s squad mates fell down a hill right in line of enemy fire. The sergeant maneuvered his way around to him and led him to safety. Sergeant Lape then prepared a smoke bomb to conceal their movement as they got away. Before he could get it off, they were hit directly by an RPG. This injured and disoriented everyone in his squad. This did not stop his clear path of thought. He carried his team one by one to safety. He then called for medical evac. The

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