WE WERE ONE ~ Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah
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|Title||WE WERE ONE ~ Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah|
|author||Patrick K. O’Donnell|
|Publisher||Da Capo Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Recollections of activity by U.S. Marines who fought in the Iraq War’s fiercest battle.Military biographer O’Donnell abutting up partway through the action for Fallujah with a assemblage from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and accompanied them through several canicule until the belled Iraqi city, with its citizenry of anarchical fighters, was pulverized. The aggregate of the book, the columnist explains, is based on “corroborated articulate history interviews which accept been vetted.” They were gleaned principally from actual associates of the 1st Platoon, Lima Company, nominated by O’Donnell as the troops accepting “seen the worst” of what was acutely a abominable acquaintance for anyone involved—some 14 of its aboriginal 45 associates were larboard continuing at the abutting of hostilities. Given those absolute circumstances, it is bright that he writes for no purpose added than to reflect the fullest accessible acclaim on the individuals he happened to be anchored with. They are portrayed as analogously committed and patriotic, affirmed by a abhorrence of the adversary mujahadin and the cardinal admiration to assure one addition and do the Corps proud. Some “love combat,” while others accept been able to affected abhorrence through indoctrination. The descriptions of burghal warfare are clear and grisly; best encounters aftereffect in at atomic one agee body (sometimes that of a Marine). A bombastic band of absolution reminds the clairvoyant that insurgents action dirty, don’t chase any of the rules of war and use civilians as shields, and that Marines in Iraq are generally bedridden by assurance rules stemming from biased or inaccurate media coverage, etc.Clearly reflects backbone and courage, but this is hardly “history” as best accept it.
The platoon included four pairs of best friends. Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house-to-house, hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death. The Marines of the 1st Platoon (part of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment) were among the first to fight in Fallujah, and they bore the brunt of this epic battle. When it was over, the platoon had suffered thirty-five casualties, including four dead.This is their story.Award-winning author and historian Patrick O'Donnell stood shoulder-to-shoulder with this modern band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted. O'Donnell captures not only the sights, sounds, and smells of the gritty street combat, but also the human drama of young men in a close-knit platoon fighting for their lives-and the lives of their buddies. We Were One chronicles the 1st Platoon's story, from its formation at Camp Pendleton in California to its near destruction in the smoldering ruins of Fallujah.We Were One is an unforgettable portrait of the new Greatest Generation.”With 16 pages of extraordinary photographs from the front lines of the Battle for Fallujah.
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