“In a valley in Afghanistan, along Highway 2 and close to Kabul, there were only 12 Americans,” Capt. Seth Nieman recalls. He commanded that 12-man U.S. Special Forces team assigned to police the highway, a route for explosive-making materials and drugs. “We were there with two squadrons of Afghan army infantry and one of their 12-man Special Forces teams.”
“I think we had a positive impact in that valley. We were certainly active in lots of firefights. Among the 12 of us, we’d already earned 10 Purple Hearts (before I was injured) and nobody had gone home after those injuries,” Seth reports.