As night fell on the the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan, a patrol of soldiers from the 173rd Airborne in the second week of their 15-month deployment were ambushed by insurgents, who killed one American and wounded another. The soldiers were rushed to the nearest surgical team by medavac chopper.
Shot in the chest, this young, frightened soldier was treated at the nearby base in Asadabad.
Click here for a companion slideshow, Embedded in the Middle East -- Soldier's Lives. (Peter van Agtmael )