Rodolphe Penon, a combat medic has been praised for his heroism and dedication during the Taliban ambush that killed 10 French soldiers. He continued to provide aid and comfort to wounded soldiers after sustaining injuries to himself. He had been out into the battle several times to rescue others when he finally fell.
Penon had arrived in Afghanistan the month before with the newest rotation of French soldiers. He leaves behind two daughters, 16 and 14. The 40 year old had been assigned to the 2nd Régiment Etranger de Parachutistes (2nd Parachute Regiment, French Foreign Legion)