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It was him or me, says the first female soldier to kill in combat who shot Taliban SEVEN times
Daily Mail [UK] ^ | December 5, 2011 | Katherine Faulkner

Posted on 12/05/2011 2:19:41 PM PST by Iron Munro

A female Army medic has told of the dramatic moment she gunned down a Taliban fighter after being caught in an ambush, saying: ‘It was him or me.’

Chantelle Taylor, who became the first woman soldier known to have killed in combat, said the man was only 50 feet away and firing ‘drug-crazed bursts from his AK-47’.

The 32-year-old, then serving as a sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Afghanistan, was ‘overwhelmed by fear’ during the firefight but It was the first time Miss Taylor had ever fired her standard issue SA80 assault rifle at another person.

Speaking about being forced to choose between his life or her own, she said: ‘Faced with the choice of him or me, I chose me.’ Officially, female soldiers in the Army are not allowed to fight on the front line in battle.

But Miss Taylor is one of many women who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq as medics, drivers and artillery support troops.

The young medic, who now works as a security consultant, even once taught Prince William to apply a tourniquet. Describing her first and only ‘kill’ in a book about her experiences in Afghanistan, Miss Taylor said the attack happened as a patrol was ambushed by 20 heavily-armed insurgents in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, Helmand, in July 2008. ‘As we turn on to one of the tracks that leads to a canal, I can see villagers running – and they are running away,’ she writes. ‘Boom! Boom! Two deafening explosions are followed by small arms fire and heavy machine guns. The first explosion rocks the vehicle, smashing my head against the front of the wagon.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: taliban; war; wot
Terrifying account: Army medic Chantelle Taylor pictured in Afghanistan where she was caught in a Taliban ambush

'Suddenly, overwhelmed by a fear that I am about to be shot in the face, I experience a massive rush of blood to the head'


1 posted on 12/05/2011 2:19:50 PM PST by Iron Munro
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To: Iron Munro

“Keep pulling the trigger until he stops twitching, or your gun stops making noise - whichever comes first”....


2 posted on 12/05/2011 2:22:21 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Iron Munro

Reminds me a joke of the different families confronted by a mugger.


3 posted on 12/05/2011 2:23:25 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Iron Munro

“...firing ‘drug-crazed bursts from his AK-47’.”

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

AK-47’s on drugs are some nasty! Hoo Wee.

Glad she made the right call and took him out.


4 posted on 12/05/2011 2:23:44 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: Iron Munro

I think she made the right decision, then again; I’m biased. Given a choice between a random squirrel in a random tree, and any Al Quaeda soldier, I’ll chose the squirrel every time.

You see, Squirrels don’t use children to blow innocent people up.


5 posted on 12/05/2011 2:23:56 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Iron Munro
Make Peace or Die
6 posted on 12/05/2011 2:24:05 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: Iron Munro

God bless her for her commitment to saving lives and helping
to protect her guys. At our house, we have nothing but the highest respect and love for medics and corpsmen. My cousin is alive because a Navy corpsman performed open chest surgery on my cousin in firefight conditions, at the Battle of Fallujah.


7 posted on 12/05/2011 2:27:11 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: Iron Munro

‘Instinctively and purposefully I engage him, firing seven shots, which would later become quite the joke within my regiment. Apparently I was wasting ammunition.’

Trigger time

;~}


8 posted on 12/05/2011 2:29:00 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Iron Munro

Hooah!!!


9 posted on 12/05/2011 2:30:16 PM PST by Skeez (O)
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To: Iron Munro

And they kidded her for wasting ammo?

Guys? They don’t pay you to bring ammo back.


10 posted on 12/05/2011 2:31:07 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1049 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: Iron Munro

.45 ACP, accept NO substitutes!


11 posted on 12/05/2011 2:31:33 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Iron Munro

Looks like a hero to me!


12 posted on 12/05/2011 2:32:47 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: null and void

....only thing I wish she did before he went “lights out” was show him it was a woman who punched his ticket. *smiles*


13 posted on 12/05/2011 2:37:37 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Iron Munro

I could think of literally fifty humorous and or sarcastic things to say right now, and I’m not faulting anyone for doing so, but I am glad she is alive to tell the story. Excellent outcome...


14 posted on 12/05/2011 2:39:11 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Romney, Newt, any chance whatsoever you might sometime pander to U.S. Citizens vs the illegals?)
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To: Iron Munro

How was the “GROUPING”????


15 posted on 12/05/2011 2:39:59 PM PST by gwilhelm56 (What good is an (R) after the Name, when there is a (D) IN the BRAIN???)
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To: Iron Munro
Apparently I was wasting ammunition.

Only if you missed. As I've told my wife and daughter, "When in doubt, empty the magazine".

16 posted on 12/05/2011 2:41:57 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Uncle Ike

“Keep pulling the trigger until he stops twitching, or your gun stops making noise - whichever comes first”....

2.) Reload, repeat!


17 posted on 12/05/2011 2:43:51 PM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: Iron Munro

Unfortunately, I’m guessing there’s some sensitivity training in her near future, brought to you by the PC Army.

Tell’em to stick it, Sgt...you’re the hero.


18 posted on 12/05/2011 2:44:27 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Delta 21

Those SA-80 rifles use the 5.56mm NATO ball which are designed to maim and not kill so it isn’t surprising to hear it took seven shots. It’s dumbed down ammo!

If she had used American-made .223 rounds that had hollow point bullets with more powder behind them it might have taken only one or two rounds.


19 posted on 12/05/2011 2:50:44 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Iron Munro

Good for her.


20 posted on 12/05/2011 2:53:26 PM PST by svcw (God's Grace - thank you!)
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To: Iron Munro

The last thing I told my son before he went to Iraq was “if there is any doubt, just pull the frickin’ trigger.”


21 posted on 12/05/2011 2:55:50 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Iron Munro

Lame Stream Media reporter: “Why did you shoot him 7 times?”

Sgt. Taylor: “Gun jammed!”


22 posted on 12/05/2011 3:11:11 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: gwilhelm56
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  o   o   o  o
  grouping

23 posted on 12/05/2011 3:14:06 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: SoldierDad
Sgt. Taylor: “Gun jammed!”

LOL!

So true, I needed a good laugh today.

24 posted on 12/05/2011 3:15:21 PM PST by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: null and void

And they kidded her for wasting ammo?

***Guys? They don’t pay you to bring ammo back.***

This was not Isandlwana where ammo was not to be wasted. It was properly issued to proper military units, from boxes properly screwed together. That’s why the Brits lost.


25 posted on 12/05/2011 3:20:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Our guys are issued 5.56mm NATO green tip ammo, not hollow point.


26 posted on 12/05/2011 3:22:22 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Iron Munro
Now that she's done her first taking out the slub that breaks in her house and tries to force hinself on her is going to get a ride in the coroner’s wagon.
27 posted on 12/05/2011 3:23:34 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Iron Munro

I worry that the Islamists in the UK will track her down when she gets home.


28 posted on 12/05/2011 3:24:38 PM PST by blam
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To: Doogle
Catch phrase!
29 posted on 12/05/2011 3:26:12 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: Doogle

Love it! She was doing what we pay her to do. Atta girl!


30 posted on 12/05/2011 3:50:18 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Iron Munro

A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.


31 posted on 12/05/2011 4:08:32 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Under Construction)
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To: Lurker

I think those have the steel core in them, but even so 5.56mm isn’t enough knock down power. A steel core might penetrate well but will have a tendency to over penetrate. If that steel core could be have a hollow point that ammo would rock.

7.62mm/.308 cal. is the best. I’ve read way too many war stories about the 5.56mm not getting the job done and the enemy shakes off the hits and just keeps on coming. It’s kinda like the 9mm and the .45 cal. rounds. Again the 9mm just doesn’t have the knock down power like that of the .45. Cops have had many run-ins with drug-crazed criminals who take five or six 9mm rounds and they just keep on going. Why do you think the .40 and .45 caliber pistols have become popular again with law enforcement?

When you have a drug-crazed criminal on the street or in the high mountains with drug-crazed Muzzies in another country you have to have confidence that your gun and ammo are going to do the job intended.

I know a former Army Ranger who was in Vietnam who would go out on patrol and exchange his M16 for an AK-47 he took off of a dead NVA or Vietcong he had stashed away simply because it had a longer effective range and had better knock down power. Not as accurate as an M16 but the gun proved itself in jungle warfare.


32 posted on 12/05/2011 4:16:43 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
With proper bullet selection the 5.56 cartridge has plenty of killing power. A 62 grain soft or hollow point does some serious tissue damage. Hollow points tend to expand very rapidly and almost explode in tissue, but you don't get a lot of penetration.

The soft points penetrate further and also expand rapidly doing devastating damage on a target. Don't discount the ability of the 5.56 to rapidly incapacitate providing you pick the proper bullet for the task at hand. You also need to remember that at 100 yards a 5.56 bullet has as much energy as the venerable .45 ACP does at the muzzle.

Now us civilian types aren't limited to those crappy FMJ steel core rounds our military guys are. Those steel core bullets do indeed penetrate like crazy. That's what they were designed for. But they're a lot like pushing a pencil through a bad guy. But I guarantee that if you hit a bad guy with a 62 grain PSP 5.56 center mass there will be a decidedly different outcome.

So if you're a civilian and own an M4gery of some kind just be sure you get decent ammo for it and it'll do the job.

33 posted on 12/05/2011 4:27:44 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The 7.62 AK round is better at penetrating jungle growth than the lighter 5.56 round, but the 5.56 used today is a 62 grain bullet fired through a 1:7 twist bore.

The 55 grain bullet fired through the 1:12 twist M16s used in Vietnam created massive wounds because the bullets were not as stable as the modern NATO load, and they tumbled on impact.


34 posted on 12/05/2011 4:35:00 PM PST by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: Iron Munro
“Apparently I was wasting ammunition.” -Miss Taylor Socialist reading this article would say,
See she admits it! She admits she used excessive force!

Me reading the article
'Her husband is one lucky guy!'

35 posted on 12/08/2011 12:02:52 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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