Soldier survives with grenade in his gut May 12, 2006. 12:21 AM FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) â Insurgents shot three rocket propelled grenades into Pvt. Channing Moss' Humvee during his patrol in Afghanistan, but he only heard two explosions. The third rocket was sticking out of his gut. "I didn't even know I was hit at first. It was numb," Moss said Thursday from his bed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. "I looked down, saw the rocket in me and went into shock.'' If the rocket had exploded Moss would have been killed. But he is alive, and with a tale of survival that seems to have vaulted from a Hollywood script. "That's the spirit of the 10th Mountain soldier," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, 10th Mountain Division commander, Thursday, in a video-teleconference from Afghanistan. At the end of the general's hour-long news conference, which mostly discussed the recent helicopter crash that claimed 10 soldiers in Afghanistan, Freakley told the dramatic story of saving Private Moss. It happened in mid-March, when Moss â a Georgia native and part of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry â was on a patrol near the border of Pakistan. Suddenly, three rocket-propelled grenades hit his Humvee, shearing off the front window. Freakley said a staff sergeant, seated in the front, suffered a severe wound to the face. The unit returned fire, with Moss, perched above the Humvee, blasting away with his Mark 19 grenade launcher. And then he fell. An RPG had struck Moss in the side and lodged in his abdomen, poking out of his thigh. Moss said the medic was in the Humvee and started to treat him right away. "We could see the tail fins hanging out of my body," he said. ``By the grace of God it didn't go off. I had the detonator and the explosive materials in my body.'' "The medic saw the RPG fin sticking out of Private Moss's body, and realized, hey, this grenade can blow up and kill more people,'' Freakley said. "The medic started trying to save Private Moss's life, and he thought that helicopter pilots wouldn't probably be real prone to loading a guy with an RPG in his back end into a helicopter, so he wrapped up the whole projectile, and they carried Private Moss to a landing zone. "A helicopter pilot - very bravely - flew into the landing zone and picked up Private Moss. They continued to keep him alive and flew him to a forward surgical team.'' Members of the surgical team were stunned when they cut off Moss's clothing and saw the fin of the RPG sticking out of him. "The doctor said, 'Everybody get out of here! There is a grenade in this guy's body,'" Freakley said. They summoned an x-ray technician and an explosive ordnance specialist. "The doctor cleared the OR (operating room), and kept one volunteer," Freakley said. "They put on helmets, they put on body vests, and they removed the rocket-propelled grenade from Private Moss.'' Moss said he was conscious during the trip to the medical facility. "I was awake until they said 'everyone get out!' that's when I was like 'I'm gonna die right here. No one's going to work on me. I blacked out. I thought I was dead. About two days later I hear this woman calling my name. It was like the sweetest voice I've ever heard in my life. I took the deepest breath in the world. I was like 'Man, I'm still alive,'" he said. After a series of operations, Moss was airlifted to Bagram Airbase for more surgery. The Army later flew him to Germany for yet more operations. "When Private Moss awoke in Germany from his surgery, he gripped the doctor's hand," Freakley said. "Private Moss is a big man, and he gripped the doctor's hand and said, "Hey, I'm going to walk all right, because I can feel my feet.'' Moss is slated to receive the Army's Purple Heart award on June 1. "I feel good now, just happy to be alive every day, spiritually, emotionally, just soaking up life. I'm sleeping good at night, no nightmares, so I'm blessed.'' Moss said his wife, Lorena, and his 21-month-old daughter, Juliana, have helped him get through the pain. "My wife has been my backbone. I thought she was going to have a hard time; she's 8 months pregnant," he said. "That's my inspiration.''