Photo gallery: Medevaced Marines stay tough in Afghanistan


Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino shouts out as he is rescued onto a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army's Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company, 1-214 Aviation Regiment, after sustaining a gunshot wound in the stomach on Saturday near Sangin, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Security is improving in many parts of Afghanistan, but Marines still face danger every day. I’m not exactly breaking any ground with that statement for the Marines, friends and families who read this blog, but it’s still worth observing in poignant ways when possible.

The Associated Press released a series of photographs over the weekend of Marines being medically evacuated from in and around Sangin, Afghanistan. Their photographer was embedded with the Army’s Task Force Lift “Dust Off,” Charlie Company, and braved enemy fire that hit the helicopter during one of the evacuations.

What follows are images of Lance Cpl. Blas Trevino and Lance Cpl. David Richvaslky of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. They’re photos are tough to look at, but show the care wounded Marines receive on the battlefield. The helicopter crew needed to attempt landing twice to evacuate Trevino from a hot landing zone, and took five rounds in the aircraft’s tail, the AP reported.

I wrestled a bit with how to appropriately publish these images. Much like with  Cpl. Jorge Villarreal, it seemed like the only fair thing to do was publish them respectfully. There’s no gore here, but the emotions on these Marines’ faces say it all.

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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.


  1. Very good job…again…with your sensitivity regarding wanting to post the photos in a respectful manner.

    Prayers for an uncomplicated recovery LCpl Trevino and LCpl Richvalsky

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  3. As a former Marine and someone who has a son attached to 1/5 your pics are difficult to watch. Our prayers go out to these men and their families for a speedy recovery. Thank you for being so respectful. Semper Fi

  4. My son was with B 1/5 and wounded on 5/22/11. Lance Cpl Trevino was one of the guys who helped carry him to the CH-47 while they were under fire. Found that out recently. Our prayers go out to Trevino and his family for his quick recovery. My son is still recovering, having just had his last surgery several weeks ago. Semper Fi!

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