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Spc. Lindskog Is Shot While Attending to Others

With Arrechaga's visible bleeding stopped, and Spc. Trimm wounded but still fighting, Sizemore and Mendez focused on the Afghan soldier.

"Sgt. Sizemore ended up trying to put the tourniquet on," Mendez said. "I was trying to help him cinch it down. As I was cinching it down, I took two rounds to the chest. Kind of caught me off guard. Basically there was a lot of dust and shrapnel from my plate which kind of blew me back a little bit."

The medic, Spc. Lindskog, was seeing battle for the first time. Seemingly oblivious to the bullets flying around him, he worked to save the life of the wounded Afghan soldier. Spc. Angel Ramon was a few feet away, watching.

"I just saw Doc, his hands were all bloody because he was treating different guys down there and the next thing I know I see him just fall," he said.

Sizemore stayed with the wounded Lindskog. He tried to stop the bleeding, but couldn't. The wound was too severe. He told Doc to hold on, that a medivac bird would be there at any moment.

"Just like I was telling Lindskog, for however long that it was," Sizemore said. "It felt like an hour and a half [but] it was probably 45 minutes, I don't know. But I kept telling him, 'The bird's coming, the bird's coming, just hang in there, the bird's coming.' After awhile, the person saying it is getting tired and unsure and the person hearing it is getting tired and unsure."

The weather was so bad and enemy fire so intense that it was almost suicide for a medivac to attempt the rescue. However, U.S. Air Force parajumpers decided to try to land to save Arrechaga and Lindskog. I watched as they dove towards the draw, the noise of their rotor wash drawing out the sound of bullets.

Sizemore watched it attempt the rescue.

"We're like, 'What are they doing here?'" Sizemore said. "'Oh well, let's get them out.' So they pull in, turn sideways and, ding, ding, ding, ding, they just get lit up."

The Air Force Blackhawk had been shot up so badly, its pilot turned and dove down the valley where he made an emergency landing.

It would be another hour before another rescue attempt could me made, but Lindskog had lost too much blood. Before he died, the medic was still giving the surviving soldiers instructions on how to treat himself and the other wounded.

Capt. Bankston remembers, "He charged right in behind his platoon sergeant through withering enemy fire. Even after he was wounded, he continued until he couldn't anymore and then he continued to tell everyone what to do. And that was up until he passed."

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