The Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, 2009 was one of the most significant engagements of the Afghan war, putting US Soldiers against approximately 8:1 odds as their position came under siege, their Afghan help ran away and looted, and hundreds of enemy soldiers rained heavy coordinated fire into a poorly positioned outpost below most of the surrounding terrain.
Orlando Bloom, who has another famous war role in Black Hawk down, plays Lt. Benjamin Keating in the film. The events of the day long battle, as parts of the post were overrun and then taken back and a skilled and adapted enemy tried to make gain victory, and the events preceding it as the American’s pit their “Hearts and Minds” campaign against the determination of the insurgency to achieve ‘victories’, or at least events they could claim as victories, against Coalition and Afghan central government forces.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, the weekend we remember the fallen and their sacrifice. Like the 8 soldiers that died in Kamdesh.
Sgt. Chris Griffin
• Sgt. Justin Gallegos
• Sgt. Josh Kirk
• Sgt. Josh Hardt
• Sgt. Vernon Martin
• Spc. Stephan L. Mace
• Spc. Michael Scusa
• Pfc. Kevin Thomson
I’m looking forward to the movie release July 3rd.