Friday, July 19, 2013

SF "A" Team Against Hundreds of Taliban

On the morning of April 6, 2008, Master Sergeant Scott Ford, then-Staff Sergeant John Walding and an assault team of Green Berets landed at the base of the fortress-like Shok Valley village in Afghanistan.

They were expecting to face 15 to 20 enemies, but what they encountered was a fierce ambush by hundreds of Taliban fighters. The team called in an astounding 70 danger-close airstrikes during the 6.5 hour battle.

Master Sgt. Ford and Staff Sgt. Walding, though wounded themselves, refused to accept defeat and earned Silver Stars for their sheer will, initiative and heroism.

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