"How close is the enemy getting to you?" Martin asked.
"15-20 meters," Meyer said.
As depicted in the Army animation, dead and wounded Afghan soldiers who had been part of the patrol lay scattered along the valley floor.
"I would run and try to assist as many Afghans as I could," Meyer said.
"So you get out of the truck," Martin said.
"I'm out...I'm out of the truck on foot," Meyer said.
"So you're out in the open in the killing zone," Martin said.
"I am," Meyer said.
Meyer and Rodriguez-Chavez would drive the dead and wounded out of the valley and come back to run the gauntlet of fire again and again, still trying to get to the four Marines trapped in the village.
"You either get them out alive or you die trying. If you didn't die trying, you didn't try hard enough," Meyer said.
When the Marines' radios fell silent, Army Captain Will Swenson, who was pinned down just outside the village, took up the call for fire.
"Captain Swenson probably made 9 or 10 different calls for fire before he probably gave up in frustration," Hooker said.
"Does he say, 'Look, I'm not kidding, I really need this fire?" Martin asked.
"Yeah, the evidence says he...was very, very insistent in his calls for help. No question about that," Hooker said.
"How long after the battle begins do the first helicopters show up?" Martin asked.
"It was probably an hour and 45 minutes before the first helicopters come on station," Hooker said.
Helicopters were finally overhead as Dakota Meyer tried to blast his way through the valley to the stranded Marines.
"We interviewed a number of pilots who where there that day and several of them stopped in mid-sentence unable to ...finish their descriptions of Meyer's actions that day," Hooker said. "They just didn't have the words to describe it."
"When the helicopters showed up, did that put an end to the ambush?" Martin asked.
"No. It didn't solve the problem, but it certainly was a great help to the soldiers and Marines and Afghans that were fighting on the ground. It enabled them to move about the battlefield a little better," Hooker said.
With Marine Lt. Ademola Fabayo - who would also receive the Navy Cross - manning the machine gun, Swenson and Meyer drove deeper into the valley.
"Me and Captain Swenson kept driving this unarmored truck through this valley and rounds are going everywhere through it," Meyer said.
"They're going through?" Martin asked.
"Both windows were down, you could hear 'em coming, whizzing through," Meyer said.
A helicopter finally spotted the four Marines but there was too much gunfire to land.
"They started trying to land but they couldn't. They were going to get shot down," Meyer said.
"I just took off running and it was probably the longest run of my life. I felt like I couldn't move fast enough because it's wide open. Rounds are hitting everywhere around me," Meyer continued. "I jumped into this, trench and when I did, I landed on Gunnery Sgt. Johnson."