Ipod saves Soldier's Life

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The back of the Ipod.

Critical update***********************
I have talked to Kevin and he has told me the real story of getting shot in the iPod.

The Armor stopped the bullet. Kevin didn't know he was shot. The iPod was how he found out.

The full story:
iPod tells soldier he was shot - the real story

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Photos sent to me by my friend Danny with this caption:

My wife’s uncle works in a military hospital and told me about this. Its pretty amazing. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq (Tikrit I believe) and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side.

The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Fortunately, Kevin suffered no wound.

I thought it was a great story so I posted them here.

UPDATE 04.05.07:
I just got an email via flickr from an engineer at Apple. He showed the photos around the office and want to help get the guy a new iPod. So it's looking good that it will be replaced.

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  1. imperior 75 months ago | reply

    I call BS on this one. Obv the sneaky soldier broke his ipod and then shot a bullet through it so that he can get a replacement. What a tool!

  2. abagab114 74 months ago | reply

    why does the ipod have an hp logo on it...

  3. Cracked lens 74 months ago | reply

    WOW. What a story.

  4. MikeG506 72 months ago | reply

    Ipod factory workers who inevitably might end up in the military should steal a bunch of the metal plates and use them as armor , just one question about the pic , why is there an Hp logo on the ipod?

  5. oroooroo 71 months ago | reply

    ""it sat out of WWI & WWII as long as it could, if they wanted to HELP they'd have saved many American lives by coming in right at the kick off. The money made from arms and ship manufacture was immense. Then, once Europe was ripe for the picking, the money heads sent many poor boys in to die, the numbers and the arms swung it, of course. Britain just finished paying off the last "Freedom ships" just a year or so ago. Meanwhile all those nasty Nazi got to join the CIA and NASA, America secured its position as top dog and all was forgiven.""

    funny, america was wise then like europe is wise today. anti war to the max. and well you see what it cost in the end. and despite the loss in lives and resources many in europe remain ingrates. still complaining about the british loan? 2% interest over 50 years with much of the resources charged at 10 cents on the dollar? then you siphoned even more money from the marshall plan and most costly of all the blood of countless american lives never mind the wounded which were spent to free you from the messes you made. and now ingrates like you complain we weren't generous enough. give me a break.

    "the reason for sitting out of the war was not to wait until "the picking was ripe"

    wrong. the reason was the peace movement. in fact its eery how most of their arguments are basically repeated word for word today as they were then to justify staying out of europes wars. and who could blame them. wise europe has already screwed up the world and cost countless american lives once. now they were going for a second go?

  6. lkhjDSFKLJHSd [deleted] 71 months ago | reply


  7. AJH. 71 months ago | reply

    Great story, still someone almost died and someone did die... and we're all talking about how he can get free stuff from a company...


  8. alorrug 67 months ago | reply

    Does it still work??

  9. alexneier 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I am trying to start a collection of real world apple sightings - would you mind adding your photo?



  10. L.Huynh 62 months ago | reply

    just another reason on why i love ipods. :D

  11. TABauknight 62 months ago | reply

    I glad you were all right.

    Sgt. Bauknight 801 CSH

  12. freak show2007 58 months ago | reply

    i herd about that.. thats crazy...he was on the news & everything... plus did u know after that. Apple Stocks when up in wall street.. all cause a towel head aimed & pulled the trigger

  13. Picturekidz 51 months ago | reply

    Amazing Story that happened to my brother in Iraq, but with his cell phone.

  14. slrman420 [deleted] 51 months ago | reply

    So the iPod warranty covers bullets but not smoking? I was not aware!

  15. Express Engineer 39 months ago | reply

    There was this one story of a WWII soldier whose pocket bible stopped a bullet. I wonder if him and Kevin are related

  16. peterrock8975 32 months ago | reply

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