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The Sandstorm and the IED: July 14 2010 in Afghanistan [In Stitches Podcast, Ep. 1]

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In Stitches
Duration: 04:27
Afghanistan war vet Adam Keys recounts the moment which changed his life, and ended four others'.
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Afghanistan war vet Adam Keys recounts the moment which changed his life, and ended four others'.
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this was in the middle of night. We weren't even awake when it happened, but obviously one truck was destroyed, so we had to move some shocks. The next day, we tried to leave and go back to our five and and refit and and drag this destroyed vehicle back. It wasn't gonna well, actually left that morning. And about a half an hour into the mission, they called us back and they said there was, ah, same storm coming in. And if you were to go through it and something happens, we can't come, you know, help. We can send reinforcement. We can't do anything because we weren't able to see. So anyway, we got just delayed another day. But then we finally left the very next day, July 14, 2010, And, uh, because of that fan storm, there was a lot of there was no aerial surveillance for, you know, roughly 12 hours. There was a lot of time for the enemy to do things. We had quite a bit of intel before we went on that mission. We had even more than we were going back. We knew what we were looking for, but we also knew to expect a lot of other things. We know the areas that we already had problems because we had been there roughly seven months now and went to these villages a couple times. But there was reports of a of a very, very large idea out there, very large. And, you know, we wanted to make sure we found it. And every and even this one, we wanted to find everything. We wanted to find it all. We didn't want anyone to get hurt when we came up to this village. And, uh, I was in the lead truck because my truck was destroyed. That we had. We had to bring a truck from the rear of the convoy, which was the platoon sergeant struck. We had to leave four guys back at the FOP. So we're actually shorthanded now. Even nobody was killed. We had to leave people to explain that room for him. They were gonna fly back. So we're shorthanded, Justo, To make the story short, I guess. And we get to this village. They weren't very friendly to us, and we knew that. But we had to go through it because of all the until we had and all the things that could happen. So I was in the dismount team that day. I was in the lead trucks on me, and Specialist Johnson were in the lead truck. We're gonna hop out and meet two guys from the truck behind us and goes a four man, you know, fire team through this village and get what we could and get the until we could and, you know, get back safely. Um, all the intel we had, you know, we thought we were sitting pretty good, and also, you know, for a while that we were. But then when the decision was made, Okay, Officially, we're gonna go to you. We said, Roger that. We get off the mike. I was fist bumping everyone else in the vehicle. As soon as I opened the door, I didn't even get my foot on the ground. The i d went off, and you know, that's the last I remember, um, up until I woke up, which was two months later, um, in the hospital stateside. First of all, thank you for sharing that, because that not easy. And it's, um it's not easy to hear because I know you personally. We've gotten to know each other, and Sam is gonna know And, um, I think is important for people here, so, I mean, just for lead talking us through just to that is, uh we appreciate that. Now, if I thank you. And thanks for listening. Uh, maybe before I go even further just to say that that I That's the day that I You know, the day I remember opening that door from my leg out the door, Then the i d went off. That's the last I remember. But that's not the end of the story, because obviously, we were blown up, right? And we my my platoon was there and they had to come see if we need a triage what we needed, right? So, you know, this is the hard part of the story for me. We've already lost, especially Scott Andrews, three weeks prior. But you know, this day it was five of us in that truck counting me, Um, the other four guys, you know did did not survive that. Unfortunately, and I'm going to say their names quickly, if you don't mind. Um, Sergeant Chase Stanley from California. Sergeant Zachary Fisher from Missouri, specialist Matthew Johnson from Minnesota and a specialist, Jesse Reid, who was my high school friend that I mentioned earlier in this podcast. Um, you know, they didn't They didn't survive that one. And, uh, so although I know people can't see me right now, but they'll they'll get a feel for may. I ended up being a triple A Bt and pretty banged up that just didn't I got banged up, but just to be the only one that survived, that one weighs heavily on me. And and even though I look rough from the outside looking at me, I am the luckiest man alive. So, you know, I care that with me, you know, everywhere.
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