COMIC: These A-10 Pilots Heroically Rescued 6 Surrounded Marines
On Oct 28, 2008, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, six special operations Marines were cut off from the rest of their...
On Oct 28, 2008, in Badghis Province, Afghanistan, six special operations Marines were cut off from the rest of their unit. Outnumbered, they were trapped in the remnants of a compound, surrounded by more than 50 insurgents. Unable to receive air support from F-18s flying overhead, the Marines needed another solution.
That’s when two A-10 pilots, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeremiah “Bull” Parvin and 1st Lt. Aaron Cavazos, were called in from more than 300 miles away to provide close-air support. Over a four-hour mission, the pilots saved the lives of six Marines and killed dozens of insurgents through almost 20 close-air support runs.
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For their actions that day, both Parvin and Cavazos were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor.
Task & Purpose is proud to recreate that mission in the original comic below, created by our director of multimedia & design, Matt Battaglia.