POLITICS
05/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Afghanistan Firefight Recorded On Soldier's Parents' Answering Machine (AUDIO)

U.S. soldier Stephen Phillips, serving in Afghanistan, gave his parents a serious scare when he accidentally called his home from his cellphone during an intense firefight with insurgents. Phillips' cellphone got pressed against his Humvee, causing it to redial the previous number. Sandie Petee, Phillips' mother, and her husband Jeff, were not home, but their answering machine recorded three minutes of the battle (from Fox 12 Oregon):

They heard shooting, swearing and shouted pleas for more ammunition on the phone call from their son.

"They were pinned down and apparently his barrel was overheating," said Jeff Petee. "It's something a parent really doesn't want to hear. It's a heck of a message to get from your son in Afghanistan."

The three-minute call ended abruptly.

"You could hear him saying stuff like, he needs more ammo, or he needs another barrel," said John Petee, Phillips' brother. "At the end, you could hear a guy saying 'Incoming! RPG!' And then it cut off..."

...They eventually reached their son.

Listen to the recorded firefight below: