In the summer of 2007 we hit a foreign state house with over a dozen foreign fighters rigged with AK-47 chest rigs,suicide belts and grenades ready to fight and prepared to die. We infiltrated by MH-60s offset but on infil we took fire in a terrorist blocking position and our AH-6 little birds quickly eliminated the terrorist element. With a hard compromise we moved cautiously to containment where immediately took fire and were engaged in a serious fire fight. We were in hand grenade range ( 1 threw 5) and taking the fight to the enemy. While sweeping across the objective our military working dog, a Belgian malinois named vinny swept the terrain in front of us. Me and other snipers stopped to let vinny lead out. We saw him under our NVGS detect something in the high grass feet in front of us. Without hesitation to protect us vinny pounced on top of a terrorist , thrashing on him before the terrorist detonated his home made explosive killing himself and vinny instantly. As we flew back with our feet hanging from the helo the sun was coming over Baghdad. Our boots were covered in blood( not ours), our faces covered in mud , Vinny was behind me with an American flag draped over his body. When we pulled him off the helo , the tax force was there to receive us and everyone saluted himself he was transported across the tarmac. Without vinny sacrificing his life we may have been seriously injured or killed, he will never be forgotten and always be remembered. Dogs like vinny save lives everyday and they have throughout our history.
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