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Shots heard round the world when soldier pocket-dials from Afghanistan


Have you heard about this frightening recording accidentally left on an Oregon family’s voice mail by their son, a soldier fighting in Afghanistan?

Stephen Phillips, 22, was battling insurgents when his phone pressed against his Humvee and redialed his parents a few weeks ago. Most of the sounds were gunfire, but shouts can be heard – including “More ammo!” and “Incoming, incoming!” – before the message cuts off.

Fortunately, after hearing the message, Phillips’ family members told reporters they had been able to reach him to confirm he and the other soldiers in his unit had survived the firefight. One of his siblings posted the audio on YouTube, as “Brother’s Firefight” on April 21, and the recording has been picked up all over the world since then.

Phillips’ family said he has been serving with the Army’s 546th MP Company 3rd Platoon in Afghanistan for about a year, and could return to Fort Stewart, Georgia, by the end of the month.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 12th, 2008 at 5:37 am by Nicole Neroulias. |
Category: afghanistan war, battle, brother's firefight, firefight, pocket-dial, war on terror


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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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