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iPod saves soldier’s life in Iraq


A U.S. Army soldier in Iraq was saved by his iPod after the device took a bullet from an AK-47, according to a report and photos posted on Flickr.

“Kevin Garrad with the 3rd Infantry Division was patrolling the streets of Iraq when he rounded a corner and went face to face with a gun-toting insurance,” reports TG Daily. “Gun fire was exchanged and Garrad was hit in the chest. The insurgent was killed. At point blank range an AK-47 round is devastating and has a decent chance of passing through the Interceptor body armor vests used by Army soldiers, but the iPod apparently slowed the bullet enough to be stopped completely by Garrad’s vest.”

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The poor iPod. Still, it allows him to get a non-HP version

Posted by Mozez on April 5, 2007 at 5:39 PM (CDT)


If iLounge wants to take up a collection to replace this soldier’s iPod, I’m in!

Posted by jgamstar on April 5, 2007 at 5:43 PM (CDT)


same here, lets send that soldier a new iPod, wonder how we can set that up?

Posted by Lauren on April 5, 2007 at 6:13 PM (CDT)


I somehow doubt that an iloung collection will be needed. Think about it! It’s great publicity! Apple’s gonna jump in and get him a brand new one, by the time he’s back in the states, there’s gonna be photos, Jobs might even give it to him personally.

Apple people know the smell of possible, good publicity.

Posted by Kiks on April 5, 2007 at 6:25 PM (CDT)


but he needs it now…not when he gets back to the world.  How do we, the collective, here at iLounge get him one, and get it to him.  Lets get him a nice new 5G 80Gig video with a coupld of movies to get im started.

Posted by xbman on April 5, 2007 at 6:39 PM (CDT)


Sorry for the typos in the above post. Sometimes my fingers just do not want to work as designed.

Posted by xbman on April 5, 2007 at 6:42 PM (CDT)


According to an update on the Flickr page, Apple engineers saw the story and are already making arrangements to replace it for him.

Posted by BJ Nemeth on April 5, 2007 at 6:43 PM (CDT)


We could do it through Fundable:

Posted by technolawyer on April 5, 2007 at 6:52 PM (CDT)


let a liberal cupertino company do what an american government couldn’t do: save an american soldier’s life.

Posted by john on April 5, 2007 at 7:51 PM (CDT)


Wow, so how many ipod’s saved the innocent iraqi civilians killed since the invasion?

Posted by nore14 on April 5, 2007 at 9:12 PM (CDT)


haha! so this is where we got to?
few years ago, it would have been the soldier’s pocket bible that slowed down the bullet :-p

Posted by vavoo on April 5, 2007 at 9:48 PM (CDT)


...just for the record, at point blank range the iPod sure did NOT do anything to slow down the bullet… but it’s a nice story :-)

Posted by vavoo on April 5, 2007 at 10:55 PM (CDT)


Vavoo, o rly? -_-

Anyway, I’m sure that iPod will be the stuff of legends in that family! Years from now, the grandkids will have to sit around and listen to grandpa’s story of how an iPod helped to saved his life!

Posted by tifa on April 5, 2007 at 11:35 PM (CDT)


has anyone heard the joke about the guy who always wore a bullet around his neck, and it ended up saving him from the bibles thrown by crazy christians? :-P

Posted by Nuke666 on April 6, 2007 at 12:27 AM (CDT)


Great story. Teddy Roosevelt would be proud!

Posted by hoshieBIOTpod on April 6, 2007 at 12:48 AM (CDT)


good thing it wasn’t a nano or shuffle. perhaps apple should start making an ipod-armor series.

Posted by rod on April 6, 2007 at 3:28 AM (CDT)


Kevlar iPods…I like it. I’ve been to south-central. I think there’s a market for it!!!

Posted by John_KC on April 6, 2007 at 10:27 AM (CDT)


He’d be dead with the Zune. Bring him home, let him be an Apple spokesperson. For that matter, bring them all home and give them Macs. Our soldiers iPods have no business in that country’s mess.

Posted by solarpos on April 6, 2007 at 10:35 AM (CDT)


If you look closely you can see that is a hewlett packard iPod—-I guess they never should have discontinued them.

Posted by andrew Chasnoff on April 6, 2007 at 11:13 AM (CDT)


We will replace the unit for free - We sell Ipods and we believe that this man should have a replacement at no charge to anyone - So let us know ASAP - We ship every day to APO’s around the world and this is one that we would be more than glad to do. - THanks -

Posted by AMG on April 6, 2007 at 11:21 AM (CDT)

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