“You are a friend of mine for life, if you like it or not.”
On September 5, 2006, Army Staff Sgt. Jude Voss was working the radios and driving a truck for a joint offensive against Taliban forces. Some 2,000 Taliban fighters had gathered on a hill outside Kandahar, Afghanistan and were preparing to launch an attack on the city. Voss and other coalition troops were tasked with dislodging the Taliban fighters before they could proceed with that incursion.
A riveting story by Kevin Maurer of the Fayetteville Observer explains, “When the soldiers still were a few hundred yards from the base of the hill, the Taliban opened fire with a hail of rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.”