Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn’t even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, 16 November, 2007. “Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through it,” he said.
On 21 May, 2004, Mahdi militiamen engaged a convoy consisting of approximately 20 British troops from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 55 miles north of Basra, Iraq. A squad from the Princess of Wales Regiment came to their assistance. What began as an attack on a passing convoy ended with at least 35 militiamen dead and just three British troops wounded. The militiamen engaged a force that had restrictive rules of engagement prior