After landing in a flooded field outside Boz Qandahari Village, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on the night of Nov. 2, 2016 and as they trudged a mile toward their target through mud up to their waists, Army Sgt. 1st Class Morrison, the senior medical sergeant , 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), remembered thinking, “Alright, yeah, that’s how it’s going to be tonight.”

“We came to the realization that we were going to be wet and muddy real quick,” said Sgt. 1st Class Valderrama, the senior weapons sergeant.

Their mission was to target known enemy safe havens and disrupt the refit operations of several high-level Taliban leaders.

What followed was a night-long battle for survival for the men as 10 SF operators, two American support elements, and a small partner force of Afghan soldiers fought off wave after wave of fortified and determined Taliban insurgents while trying to escape a village that had suddenly become an angry hornet’s nest.

The night’s brutal fighting resulted in approximately a third of the 59-man force suffering casualties, including two Green Berets killed in action.

Upon reaching the infiltration area via helicopters, they began slogging through the flooded fields toward their target a mile away.

 

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