Friday, January 8, 2016

Utah National Guardsmen Battle in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan battle, Utah soldiers were shot at on the ground, in the sky
The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jan 07 2016

One Utah National Guard soldier suffered minor injuries during a Tuesday battle in which Beehive State soldiers were under fire on both the ground and in the air.

A few new details of the battle in city of Marjah in Afghanistan's Helmand province describe a 20-hour fight ­that has become the most public to involve Utah National Guard soldiers in years. Troops from Utah's Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group were on the ground.

Fighting was so intense, a helicopter crew that included the Utah National Guard's 1-159th Medevac was fired upon and had to make an early landing.

One soldier from the 19th Special Forces, Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, was killed. McClintock belonged to the Washington National Guard.
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