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Chaos on the Street after being Ambushed

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Chaos on the Street after being Ambushed

There was a lot of chaos, there was a lot of confusion. We were trying to complete a fighting withdrawal from that position so the warrant Pickard and I, we were taking turns leap frogging back behind us, stopping and then waiting for the next bunch to come back and we were leap frogging backwards to get back to the Liger (sp) area which was the white school that you hear so much about later on. Unfortunately, Nichola passed away during that fight. An Afghan sergeant was hit and one of my guys, Jason Warren, was trying to do first aid on the Afghan sergeant and one of the LAV’s was backing up trying to get out of the position because its’ gun was jammed and it was damaged and the LAV ended up backing over the Afghan sergeant. There was a local man had been hit in the explosion, was on the ground there and I remember him grabbing my leg and I was trying to fight and I didn’t have time to help him and… You know you don’t forget the face, you don’t forget the anguish and the stuff, I have no idea whatever happened that man. I don’t know. We regrouped back at the white school. Medics were trying to help Nichola but it was too late so we all pulled back. It was getting dark at this point so they didn’t want us to be wandering around too much so we created basically an all-around defence around the school and we called in artillery that Master Bombardier Fare, the Fus gunner, Nichola’s gunner called in artillery that night but a lot of their equipment was damaged or inoperable due to the impacts from the RPG’s so we got lucky. The Americans had a B1 Bomber on station and they dropped it on one of the grape huts right near where the ambush sight and our FRS radios that we, our interpreters monitored the local radios because you would get a lot of stories or a lot of information from the Afghans because they would use these little hand held radios, walkie talkies to talk to each other and the chatter just boomed when that happened after the bomb hit and we found out that that B1 had dropped a bomb right on seven, I think it was six or seven Taliban commanders. And it really affected that area for quite some time because their leadership was taken out in one hit. And, you know, it was a very fortunate thing.

Mr. McCue continues on sharing the story of the activities going on after the Taliban ambushed their unit.

Robert McCue

Mr. Robert McCue was born August 22, 1972 in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. During his youth, he joined the air cadets and contributes this as a turning point towards a military career. Joining the Reserves, Mr. McCue became a part of the South Alberta Lighthorse Unit formerly known as the South Alberta Regiment. He accepted a deployment to Bosnia in 2003 as an infantry section commander, holding rank of sergeant. Later, he accepted a position with a newly developed unit, PSYOPS and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. During this time Mr. McCue worked for Canada Post. Having a strong interest in military history and respecting the contributions made by his grandfather during WWI, Mr. McCue had the opportunity to travel as part of the delegation to Vimy in celebration of the 100th anniversary, an honour he will cherish for a lifetime. Mr. McCue presently resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
April 3, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Robert McCue
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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