The five Marines who received shrapnel injuries during a Taliban rocket attack in Afghanistan on the afternoon of Oct. 22 have received Purple Hearts for their ultimate sacrifice, according to awards citations.
Marine Corps Times reported on Wednesday, Nov. 6, via a Freedom of Information Act request with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command that six Americans, who had been deployed to a post at the Bost airfield just outside the city of Lashkar Gah, got shrapnel injuries during the 2:50 p.m. attack and were MEDEVAC’d to contingency location Shorab Role II Medical Facility for immediate medical attention. They subsequently were transferred to Kandahar Role III Medical Treatment Facility for follow-on care,” according to the award citations.
Out of the six Marines involved, four were on active duty, another was a reservist activated for the deployment, the citations said. Four of them were assigned to Task Force Southwest while the fifth assigned to the Marine Corps Forces Central Command’s Afghanistan coordination element.
After the attack, the Taliban “tweeted on Oct. 22 that their fighters had fired more than 60 ‘missiles’ at the outpost and killed and wounded ‘tens’ of Americans and Afghans.” However, a defense official told the Times on Oct. 23 that it was just several rockets.
Airbase of American invaders (505 Bost Zone) in #Helmand capital Lashkargah hit with 65 missiles at 3pm local time today resulting in a large number of barracks/vehicles/APCs/buildings/fuel & food depots destroyed & tens of invaders & hirelings killed/wounded.
Details later. https://t.co/IlpPGU7rYc
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) October 22, 2019
Eric Pahon, spokesman with Resolute Support of The Marines Corps said that they did not confirm or shared information about the servicemembers who might be injured or ill.