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Marine rescued in Afghanistan as medevac helicopter comes under fire

Anja Niedringhaus / AP

Left: Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, left, holds onto the gunshot wound in his belly and gestures toward his troops as he runs to a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment after he got shot in the stomach outside Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Saturday, June 11. The Army's 'Dust Off' crew needed two attempts to get him out, as they were fired upon and took five rounds of bullets into the tail of their aircraft. Right: Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, shouts out as he is rescued.

Anja Niedringhaus / AP

A large bullet hole is seen on the tail of a Black Hawk helicopter after the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment came under fire while rescuing injured Marine Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino after he was shot in the stomach outside Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Saturday, June 11.

Anja Niedringhaus / AP

Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, gives the thumbs-up to U.S. Army flight medic Sgt. Joe Campbell after arriving at a field hospital at camp Edi on a medevac helicopter.

It takes special people to maintain a cool head in these circumstances. To learn more about the Dustoff unit, check out this piece that NPR did a ways back or take a peek at the Dustoff Association's site.

Update: Photographer Anja Niedringhaus wrote a first-person account of the rescue of Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino. Read her dispatch: Lucky charms and bullet holes in Afghan helicopter.