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- DescriptionA vitally important story that needs to be understood by the public, and I cant imagine an account that does it better justice that Romesha's. Sebastian Junger, journalist and authorofThe Perfect StormRed Platoonissure to become a classic of the genre. Hampton Sides, author ofGhost SoldiersandIn the Kingdom of Ice Now a New York Timesbestseller. The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Hor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself Keating had become a kind of backhanded joke. In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had kwn immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle and eventual victory cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Hor for his actions.
- Author BiographyFormer Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha enlisted in the Army in 1999. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of the deadly attack on Combat Outpost (COP) Keating on October 3, 2009, Staff Sergeant Romesha was assigned as a section leader for Bravo Troop, 3-61st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including the Medal of Honor, which has been received by only twelve others for the heroism they displayed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Romesha separated from the Army in 2011. He lives with his family in North Dakota.
- Author(s)Clinton Romesha
- PublisherDutton Books
- Date of Publication03/05/2016
- SubjectAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDutton Books
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight680 g
- Width160 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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