On April 6, 2008, Army Spc. Michael Carter, a combat cameraman, was nearing the end of a yearlong tour in Afghanistan.

According to Army Times, he’d completed his last combat mission, but his boss fell ill and instructed Carter to take his place with 100 Afghan special operations commandos and 40 U.S. special forces soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group as they entered Shok Valley — a well-known sanctuary of the Hezeb Islamic al Gulbadin terrorist group.