from The Wall Street Journal
MARJAH, Afghanistan - It is hard to know whether Monday was a very bad day or a very good day for Lance Cpl. Andrew Koenig. On the one hand, he was shot in the head. On the other, the bullet bounced off him.
In one of those rare battlefield miracles, an insurgent sniper hit Lance Cpl. Koenig dead on in the front of his helmet, and he walked away from it with a smile on his face.
In what could be the understatement of the year, Koenig told reporters two hours after the shooting, "I don't think I could be any luckier than this."
His brush with death came during a day of intense fighting for the Marines of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment. The company had landed by helicopter in the predawn dark on Saturday, launching a major coalition offensive to take Marjah from the Taliban.
The Marines set up an outpost in a former drug lab and roadside-bomb factory, and soon found themselves under near-constant attack.
Lance Corporal Koenig is a designated marksman. His job is to hit the elusive Taliban fighters hiding in the tightly packed neighborhood near the base. Unfortunately, the insurgent sniper hit him first. The Casper, WY native was kneeling on the roof of the one-story outpost, looking for targets. He was reaching back to his left for his rifle when the sniper's round slammed into his helmet.