Fuhrmann went to the aid of the wounded while the commandos attacked the safe house. With bullets flying around him, Fuhrmann fired all the ammunition in his rifle and pistol, then picked up an Iraqi AK-47, loaded it and fired it until he again ran out of ammunition, Wald said.
He did so while providing aid to the wounded, saving the six Iraqis.
Some other details not mentioned in the article:
- the ambush mentioned was a well-prepared L-shaped ambush and was initiated with accurate mortar fire, followed with heavy machine gun fire; much more intense than 99% of the firefights in Iraq
- Furhmann either did not hear the orders of his platoon leader or chose to disobey them when he exposed himself to fire from a .50 cal machine gun several times in order to give lifesaving aid (as opposed to simple first aid) to Iraqi Soldiers
- Fuhrmann's unit was greatly outnumbered and by the end of the fight everybody was firing AK's that they had picked up from the fallen after expending all 5.56mm ammo
Fuhrmann is a tremendous hero. I try to write something more but i'm having trouble- eyes tearing and choking up. Tremendous, self-less, honorable- what a brave, wonderful, thinking man. In awe of his heroism and we grieve, too.
You know what would be great? An Iraqi memorial to Spc. Fuhrmann and to the US and to all the Allies who have fallen in defense of Iraq. That would be uplifting. It would be a grateful acknowledgement of our heroes.
and a true and noble American hero.
We have plenty, but we this country still needs more men like him.