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Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War [NOOK Book]

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“The story of what Dakota did . . . will be told for generations.”—President Barack Obama, from remarks given at Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony

In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to ...
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“The story of what Dakota did . . . will be told for generations.”—President Barack Obama, from remarks given at Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony

In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.
           
With a brave driver at the wheel, Meyer stood in the gun turret exposed to withering fire, rallying Afghan troops to follow. Over the course of the five hours, he charged into the valley time and again. Employing a variety of machine guns, rifles, grenade launchers, and even a rock, Meyer repeatedly repulsed enemy attackers, carried wounded Afghan soldiers to safety, and provided cover for dozens of others to escape—supreme acts of valor and determination. In the end, Meyer and four stalwart comrades—an Army captain, an Afghan sergeant major, and two Marines—cleared the battlefield and came to grips with a tragedy they knew could have been avoided. For his actions on that day, Meyer became the first living Marine in three decades to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
 
Into the Fire tells the full story of the chaotic battle of Ganjigal for the first time,  in a compelling, human way that reveals it as a microcosm of our recent wars. Meyer takes us from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky, through his Marine and sniper training, onto the battlefield, and into the vexed aftermath of his harrowing exploits in a battle that has become the stuff of legend. 
 
Investigations ensued, even as he was pitched back into battle alongside U.S. Army soldiers who embraced him as a fellow grunt. When it was over, he returned to the States to confront living with the loss of his closest friends. This is a tale of American values and upbringing, of stunning heroism, and of adjusting to loss and to civilian life.
 
We see it all through Meyer’s eyes, bullet by bullet, with raw honesty in telling of both the errors that resulted in tragedy and the resolve of American soldiers, U.S. Marines, and Afghan soldiers who’d been abandoned and faced certain death. 
 
Meticulously researched and thrillingly told, with nonstop pace and vivid detail, Into the Fire is the unvarnished story of a modern American hero.

Praise for Into the Fire
 
“A story of men at their best and at their worst . . . leaves you gaping in admiration at Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s courage.”—National Review
 
“Meyer’s dazzling bravery wasn’t momentary or impulsive but deliberate and sustained.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] cathartic, heartfelt account . . . Combat memoirs don’t get any more personal.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“A great contribution to the discussion of an agonizingly complex subject.”—The Virginian-Pilot
 
Black Hawk Down meets Lone Survivor.”—Library Journal
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“A story of men at their best and at their worst . . . leaves you gaping in admiration at Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer’s courage.”National Review
 
“Meyer’s dazzling bravery wasn’t momentary or impulsive but deliberate and sustained.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“[A] cathartic, heartfelt account . . . Combat memoirs don’t get any more personal.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“A great contribution to the discussion of an agonizingly complex subject.”The Virginian-Pilot
 
Black Hawk Down meets Lone Survivor.Library Journal

Into the Fire is a deeply compelling tale of valor and duty.  Dakota Meyer will not identify as a hero, but he will, I think, accept the title warrior.  Dakota's storytelling is precise and, for a Medal of Honor recipient, touchingly humble.  With deft prose he drops us smack in the middle of one of the most heinous small unit firefights of the current wars.  His insights into military tactics and politics in a war zone are sharp and uncompromising and work as a primer on infantry war fighting for the uninitiated.  Dakota was a magnificent marine and he is now an equally magnificent chronicler of warfare and the small group of people who do today's fighting for America.”—Anthony Swofford, author of Jarhead

“The story of what Dakota did . . . will be told for generations.”—President Barack Obama, from remarks given at Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony

“Sergeant Meyer embodies all that is good about our nation’s Corps of Marines. . . . [His] heroic actions . . . will forever be etched in our Corps’ rich legacy of courage and valor.”—General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps
 
“[Bing] West’s greatest strengths are his exceptional personal courage and his experienced perception of combat.”The Washington Post
 
“West [is] the grunts’ Homer.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

From the Hardcover edition.

Library Journal
Appropriately billed as Black Hawk Down meets Lone Survivor, this book tells what happened in September 2009 when a huge contingent of Taliban surrounded a company of Afghan soldiers and their marine advisers—including Meyer, who disobeyed his commanding officer and took over the company, saving 18 men and charging the enemy. He won a Medal of Honor, but his actions remain controversial, which should make this especially thought-provoking to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679645443
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 35,164
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Dakota Meyer was born and raised in Columbia, Kentucky, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006. A school-trained sniper and highly skilled infantryman, Corporal Meyer deployed to Iraq in 2007 and to Afghanistan in 2009. In 2011, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his unyielding courage in the battle of Ganjigal. He now competes at charity events in skeet and rifle competitions. He also speaks frequently at schools and veterans’ events to raise awareness of our military and remains dedicated to the causes of our veterans. For the families of fallen troops, he has raised over one million dollars.
 
Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A nationally acclaimed war correspondent, he is the author of The Village; No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah; The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq; and The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, West has received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation award, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, and the Marine Corps University Foundation’s Russell Leadership Award. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Newport, Rhode Island.
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 Chapter 1

FINISH   THE GAME

“I hope to have God on my  side,” President Lincoln wrote in 1862, regarding the  Union’s chances for victory  in the  Civil War,  “but  I must have Kentucky.”
That independence of spirit that you might call the nation’s soul is alive and well in the farming communities of central Kentucky.
My tiny town  of Columbia might be considered poor by some standards. We don’t look at it like  that. We enjoy being on our own, making do with what we scratch out for ourselves.  The land is the reason people stay, generation after generation. If you drive through Columbia, you’ll see modest homes and trailers on slab foundations, set near the road. Fields stretch out where cattle and horses graze. Nowadays, farming provides only a supplemental income for most families. Commutes  of twenty  to  sixty miles are common  to  hold down day jobs. But the land keeps people returning to their homes at the end of the workday—this feeling of space that comes with owning the acres outside your back door.
I’m  not saying it’s always wonderful. My home life growing  up was like tumbling inside a washing machine as I shuttled around the middle  of Kentucky with my mother. She was never content to stay in one place, or with one man, for too long. She was as smart as she was independent, though, and always landed some job that brought in a little money.
Summers  provided stability because my  mother let me  stay for weeks at Mike Meyer’s farm. Mike was briefly married to my mother, and he legally adopted me when I was born. As for my biological father, I had no contact with him. I learned early on that just because you come from the same blood as someone doesn’t mean they are family. Big Mike Meyer was my real dad as far as I was concerned.
Big Mike, a University of  Kentucky  graduate,  owned a threehundred-acre farm in Greensburg. He worked  for Southern States, a farmer-owned cooperative, and brought in extra cash by raising beef cows. He lived in a plain house surrounded by open fields, with no curtains on the windows or pictures on the walls. He came home each day, put on his overalls, and tended to chores. Big Mike liked a steady routine, hunting, and the satisfaction of a well-run farm.
His dad, Dwight, owned a bigger farm on the other side of the creek. Dwight had served in the Marines and had  later been an engineer. He held himself and others to rigid standards, as if he could see the proper ways of living by looking through his surveyor’s scope. He was, and still is, a fair but hard-to-please man. Despite my  falling short fairly often, he always seemed to think I was someone worth having in the family. If you can feel that from your family, nothing can touch you.
When asked to describe my nature, Big Mike likes to tell the story of the ATV. Big Mike kept his all-terrain vehicle in the shed next to the house. Consisting  of a motor, a seat, and three or four wheels, the ATV is the twentieth-century horse on farms across America. It goes anywhere on a few gallons of gasoline  and you don’t have to shovel out the stable afterward. It can speed across  fields, splash through creeks, and claw up hillsides. Without the ATV, life on a farm would be pure drudgery.
As a four-year-old, I was obsessed with it. I’d perch on the seat for hours, begging Dad to take me for one more ride. Finally, he decided to teach me a lesson.
“Ko,” he said, which was my  nickname, “I have work to do. No more rides. When you’re big enough to start the machine yourself, you can drive  it yourself.”
Since you had to kick-start it like a balky motorcycle, Dad thought it would be a year or more before I could do that. He’d sit on the stoop after work,  smiling as I pushed my little legs  down, time and again. This went on for weeks. The angrier I got, the more I tried. The thing would not budge. We are both pretty stubborn.
Big Mike was in the kitchen when he finally heard chug-chug and rushed outside to  see me  smiling brightly.  I’d figured out  how to climb up on the seat and jump down on the kick lever with all forty pounds of me until that damn ATV started. So he let me take it for a spin.
 
When I was eight, Dad brought me to his favorite tree stand on a cool October morning before dawn. He was brushing leaves away to climb up into the stand when a deer walked into the open behind him, not fifty feet from us.
“Dad,” I whispered, “there’s a deer.”
He squinted over his shoulder in the thin light. “If it has horns,” he whispered, “shoot it.”
I let go with a shotgun. The deer leaped straight up in the air and crashed down on its side without quivering. I had killed an eight-point buck.
When we butchered the carcass, I was so excited that the warm guts and the heavy smell of the blood didn’t bother me. In the years after that, hitting moving animals and birds gradually became second nature. Cutting up fresh kills, ugly as that sounds, accustomed me to what I would encounter a decade later on the battlefield.
 
 
 
I had been in grammar school only a few years when my  mother called  Big Mike to  say it  seemed  best  if I stayed with  him  permanently. One short phone call and my  life had changed  for the better.
When I was eleven, my school held a contest for the best public speaker in each grade, and Big Mike encouraged me to enter.
I wrote down what I wanted to say, and Dad and I practiced my lines at least ten times a day.
“Slow down when you speak,” he said. “Think about your main message and say it clearly.”
Each speaker had three minutes. When it was my  turn, I talked about Tinker Bell, the Cowboy Cow. We had no horses on our farm, so I picked out this big old cow and petted and talked to her every evening. When she learned to come to my voice, I rewarded her with peaches and Dr Pepper. Eventually, I was riding her to herd the other cows and lasso them. I concluded my speech by declaring that Tinker Bell and I could win any cow race in the county, maybe in the whole state.
My little speech won first prize for the sixth grade. From that tiny victory, I developed a confidence in speaking up that would later exasperate Marine sergeants (and cause me some grief on occasion).
…..
Each year, Dad gave me responsibility for ever more serious chores. When I was in the seventh grade, Grandfather Dwight—Dad’s dad— came by one fall day while I was driving the big tractor, spiking balls of hay. This meant I was constantly shifting in the seat to look down at the steel forks and keep them aligned. Grandfather Dwight lit into me with his booming voice. He thought I’d tip over the tractor and be crushed.
When Dad got home an hour later, one glance told him what was going on with the tractor and me and Grandpa. I was trembling and shaky. Dad put his arm around me and looked at his father.
“He knows what he’s doing,” he said. “Ko, you go finish moving in hay.”
When I was in the eighth grade, we were still growing tobacco on our farm. In summer,  when the broad leaves on the tobacco plants reached as tall as a man, you’d hack  off the stem and thrust a wooden pole  through  the  leaf.  When you’d speared  ten  stalks—twenty  or more pounds—you’d stack the load in the patch for a few days, or toss it onto a trailer to take and hang in the barn.
Mexican itinerant workers came to do the cutting. The pay was ten cents a spear. I asked Dad to hire me. I would work for an hour and then collapse for two. The Mexican workers stayed in the fields ten  hours a  day,  hoisting sixty spears  an  hour. They were  the hardest-working men I’ve ever seen.
You could wear long-sleeved clothes, gloves, and a mask or kerchief to protect yourself while cutting. I chose not to, so all that tobacco would rub in through my sweat. After work, I’d vomit until I had retched out the nicotine poison. One night I couldn’t stop throwing up and Dad rushed me to the hospital. Even after they pumped
 
fluids into me, I was so dehydrated I couldn’t pee. The nurses were about to put in a urinary catheter when my dad, laughing at my expression, persuaded them not to. Most small farmers quit raising tobacco after the legal settlements in the late ’90s. I often wondered what became of those tough, cheerful Mexican workers.
 
 
 
I did  all right in school, especially in math. Dad did not let up on me. When I left the laundry half done  one day—I had stayed out too late and, for once, got home after he did—he had tossed the laundry out onto the lawn so I could start over and do it right.
But he didn’t do stuff like that often because he didn’t need to— I was listening and learning.
Grandfather  Dwight  helped me  with  math  and geometry  as I went further in school. Being an engineer, he showed me that a formula is just like a little machine you needed to figure out.
“It’s all simple logic, once you can see it right,” he told me. “If you put it together right, it runs. If you don’t,  it won’t.” I liked the fact that math was black and white, yes or no, right or wrong, with no bullshit gray zones.
In high school sports, I wanted to be a running back. I was too big to dodge around quickly, though I could smash into the opponents just fine. To improve my agility, I put bales of hay out in the fields and practiced dodging through them.
Coach Mike Griffiths became a third father figure for me. By my sophomore year, I was the starting back in junior varsity. For me, football was a game of high-speed chess—you are looking for holes, thinking a few moves ahead, exploiting weaknesses, and looking for cover. You are zigzagging into the fight or out of it toward the goal.
I dated girls and enjoyed high school life—I tended toward tiny brunettes—but my life was mostly a gladiator school of, by, and for three demanding men—four including myself.
All that testosterone made me a little rough around the edges. I tried to have some sensitivity around sensitive people, but generally, I would rather have punched a guy and gotten punched back. I have a sweet cousin, Jennie, who is my  age. We were in the same  high school and I said something to her that was a little mean. It wouldn’t have been anything  if I had said it to her in our own backyard, as she would have just given me a face and thrown something at me. But around her friends, it came off differently. She went home upset.
Her dad, Uncle Mark, drove her over to our house and asked me to look at how upset she was—“Ko, if you don’t stand up for your family, you’ll never have anything worthwhile in life,” he said. Dad was there, too, arms crossed, nodding his agreement. I apologized to her and decided I would have to work on that side of my  brain. I would get sensitive.
Dad didn’t want me  to get carried  away with that, however. In about the eighth game of the season, we were playing a team that shut down our passing game. Coach Sneed, one of my  favorite coaches, had me run the ball a dozen times in the first quarter, mostly  power plays straight ahead into the line. Carry after carry, a pile of big bodies drove me into the dirt. We scored once, with me buried beneath a thousand pounds of sweaty,  swearing hulks.
By the next quarter, everyone in the stadium knew what every play was going to be. Grind it out, gain three yards, keep possession, and above all, don’t fumble. Time after time, I’d tuck the ball into my chest and slam my ramming arm into three or four speeding refrigerators.
At halftime, after twenty-three carries, I staggered into the locker room, my left elbow so banged up that I couldn’t bend it. I sat down in agony. Coach walked over with a bucket of ice, placed my elbow in it, and led the team back on the field for the second half.
A few minutes later, Dad burst into the locker room.
“Get out there and finish the game,” he said, and stormed out. When I walked out to the field a few minutes later, Coach looked at my dad up in the stands and put me back in.
I was driving my  four-wheeler out to the end of my  road when my cousin Jennie came speeding by. She hit the brakes and backed up, and we chatted. As she left, I told her she needed to slow down. She laughed and said she was always in a hurry. The next day, she crashed fifteen feet from where we had spoken the night before. She was in a coma for a time in Louisville. I would go visit her and, just sitting there and looking at her, I got some work done on the sensitivity thing. I even whispered, “I love you, everything is going to be all right,” and she squeezed my hand. It took her a long time and a lot of work, but she has now graduated from college and gotten married. One thing I can say is, the Meyer family is not one for giving  up. They don’t let you.
That winter, I started in on basketball, practicing like a madman, but I wasn’t right for it. After a few games, Coach Curry let me know that I had set a new school record for turnovers. I decided it was my time to go into retirement to help the team.
That kind of jock community was all I knew about, however, so until football started up again, I helped the coach and did some motivation stuff for the team, just to be around my friends and feel useful.
My sensitivity thing was going pretty well, too, until I got into an argument with a girl and she stuck a pair of scissors into my chest. It
 
sounds worse than it was. We were hanging decorations in the gym for a big dance. I made some stupid remark to her—I was actually attracted to her. It sure didn’t come off well, as she threw her scissors at me without thinking, and they somehow just stuck in my  chest. They didn’t go deep, but I had a lot of muscles there that just held the tips, so there they were. People screamed as though I had been murdered, but I just plucked the scissors out and went for some Band-Aids. Since I had started  the  altercation,  I got  suspended. Until then,  I thought I was doing well on that front, but I had a ways to go.
Dad said I had better get it figured out before I met a girl with a gun.
The school guidance counselor, Ann, was a friend of our family who had known me all my  life. When I needed social coaching or some tips on talking to girls without getting stabbed, I’d troop into Ann’s office and sprawl on a chair while she explained the basics: be honest and upfront, care about what others are doing and what they care about, don’t tease, listen, listen, listen, and take people’s emotions and worries seriously. Special reminder: do not make  fun of people in public. Write that on your hand.
I was okay talking to guys. If we had disagreements, why, we could just start fighting. I was a typical heavyweight in that department. I’d paw with  my  left,  then  plow  in with  my  right, using it  like a pile driver, hammering away. Most times, the other guy and I would end up grappling for a headlock while banging away, usually ending up on the ground with torn shirts, scraped elbows, and bruised faces— hoping, by the way, that our friends would please pull us apart. I figured as long as my win/lose ratio was at 50 percent, I was doing okay.
When I was fourteen,  my  best friend,  Mike Staton,  tagged  me with a roundhouse that knocked me off my  feet. A dazzling white light exploded behind my eyes. At the hospital, the doctor confirmed I had suffered  a serious  concussion and should take  up  another hobby. For quite a few days, any sudden move sent an electric shock of pain around my skull.
In my senior year, a football injury ended my dream of playing college ball. I was the stereotypical cocky jock who had fizzled out. True to form, I tested how far I could push the buttons of some of my teachers. I got into the habit of leaving school in my Dodge truck at lunchtime and not returning. Dad didn’t know I was screwing up.
Somehow, I got involved helping a teacher, Mrs. Rattliff, who  was working with autistic kids at the school. Maybe the way they stayed to themselves made me relate. I asked Mrs. Rattliff if the autistic kids could use any help.
Well, those kids were amazing. They picked up fast on everything. I liked seeing them improve. I enjoyed horsing around with them when lesson time ended. We’d walk down the corridors together, our own little group of happy misfits.
But, in terms of a football scholarship, I was pretty screwed. I was walking through the cafeteria in May of my senior year with no idea where I was headed next. My knee had been stitched up twice and I’d had three  concussions. I had one vague scholarship  offer  from  a vague college, but even if I faked my way through the entry physical, I knew my knee wouldn’t last another season. I was washed up as an athlete and I hadn’t developed strong study habits—I was bored by academics. I sure didn’t  want  to  waste Dad’s hard-earned money drinking beer and cutting classes at some college.
I walked by a table with brightly colored brochures  set up opposite the serving line. A rugged-looking sergeant with a crew cut stood behind the  table.  He was wearing dress blues.  He looked like he owned the state of Kentucky.
“Have you been in combat?” I asked.
 
“Yes, sir, that’s what Marines mostly do,” he said. “Fallujah, Iraq. It was a shit hole when we got there and worse when we left.”
My granddad didn’t  talk  much about  the  Marines,  but  he was proud of his service. I knew they were tough.
“Yes, boot camp is rough and not everyone makes it through,” the sergeant told me. “The pay isn’t bad, seeing as we pay your room and board and ammunition.”
I asked him some questions. No, he didn’t like the M4 carbine—not enough stopping power. He preferred the 7.62.
“So do I,” I said. “The .308 can put down a big buck.”
My obvious reference to hunting fell on deaf ears. He wasn’t impressed with shooting something that couldn’t shoot back.
I felt I was taking an interview and failing. The sergeant was no more talkative than I was.
“So what are you planning to do?” he concluded, signaling he had given me enough  of his time.
“I don’t know. Probably go to school. Play some college ball.” He shifted around the brochures.
“Yes, you do that,” he said, “because you’d never make it as a Marine.”
I knew he was baiting me. He straightened his stack of brochures, letting the fishing line play out. Right, I couldn’t ride that big ATV. No sense in even trying. I actually left the cafeteria before turning around and walking back to his table, his silver hook in my cheek.
“You have the papers to sign up?”
“You’re seventeen. Your father has to sign. You’re not grown up yet.”
“If I’m going to be in the Marines, I want to be in the infantry. I want to fight, not sit behind a desk.”
In 2006, our country was in two wars. We had been attacked on 9/11. I was thirteen when I watched on television as the Twin Towers caved in. I was more than willing to fight the bastards who had murdered three thousand Americans.
“I’ll guarantee you a tryout at boot camp,”  the sergeant said. “If you make it through, you can become a grunt.”
An hour later,  he followed  me  out  to  our farm,  where we sat around the kitchen table and he told me about the fighting in Fallujah.
“A lot of shots  at five hundred meters,” he said, “straight down the streets.”
“I could hit at that range,” I said. “Uh-huh.”
I don’t know whether he believed me or not. We sat without saying much more until Dad walked in after work. He looked at the two of us.
“Ko,” he said, “what have you done now?”
The three of us talked for the next hour. There was no hard sell. The recruiting sergeant and my father left the decision up to me.
“I don’t want to go to college, Dad,” I said. “And I don’t want to stay here herding cows. I want something better.”
“Well, Ko,” he said, “I don’t disagree with your choice.”
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Table of Contents

List of Maps xi

Introduction: Along the Afghan-Pakistan Border 3

1 Finish the Game 15

2 The Marine Years 27

3 Monti 44

4 Advising 52

5 Coming Together 59

6 Out of the Smoke 68

7 Ganjigal 73

8 Into the Valley 87

9 Paralysis 95

10 Lost 106

11 Into the Fire 122

12 Into the Wash 137

13 Primal 147

14 Team Monti 156

15 Dab Khar 161

16 Cheerleaders 172

17 Old Haunts 178

18 All In 184

Postscript: Swenson 193

Epilogue by Bing West 199

Acknowledgments 207

Appendix 1 Ganjigal Timeline 211

Appendix 2 Medal of Honor Citation for Cpl Dakota L. Meyer, USMC 223

Notes 225

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Powerful and moving -this account of the war helps cast a light on the people involved and their emotions!

    This is a very raw,real look at whar Dakota Meyer lived through in his time at war! His portrayal of his experience helps shed light on the emotions experienced by our soldiers!!! THANK YOU Dakota for not only serving our country -having the guts to share it!!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Amazing

    I read this story in 2 days....wow dekota you are truly amazing! You must read this so that you can actually understand what our soldiers are going through and deal with on a daily basis whether at home or on the front lines.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

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    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Ill into the firee G Into the fire

    Great book

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    A Real Story

    Excellent book. Recommend it to every American. You have no idea what it is all about if you don't read first hand accounts like this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    An insightful look by an American hero

    This book gave a look into the war in Afghanistan. Meyer pulls no punches on the American involvement and the affect it has had on his life. this was a great book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2012

    Awesome book - True heroes

    Absolutely incredible book, I couldn't put it down.

    Semper Fi Dakota

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    Check you doubts and skepticism at the door please

    To read life events from the perspective of first-hand account is to actually understand, engage in distant ideas, and be given the opportunity to experience empathy. I felt his questions, his pain, and so many other moments he shared. We forget that wars involve real people having to make life and death decisions faster than you decide what's for dinner. We forget families suffer through the unknowns. We forget that young men VOLUNTEER for what we condemn. I had to check my doubts and skepticism at the cover.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    This book shows how a man is raised, a soldier is trained, and a

    This book shows how a man is raised, a soldier is trained, and a hero is born.
    This simple read sheds light on the melding of young men into true brothers,
    dependent upon each other for basic safety.  Carrying valor to a level seldom 
    seen and rarely honored, Dakota Meyer's story of battle is simultaneously 
    inspiring and heart-wrenching. This is one of the  first-hand accounts of war
    that all Americans should read. This book also gives some insight into PTSD
    and survivors guilt. I wear a rock given to me by a returning serviceman and
    made into a necklace so that every day I am reminded of the men and women
    who are serving and have served. Thank you Dakota, and all of your brothers
     and sisters in arms. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

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    A stunning look at combat and the men who fight. I have read thi

    A stunning look at combat and the men who fight. I have read this book several times and it still moves me when I read it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Incrediblle courage

    A no holds barred account of the bravery displayed by true heros inspite of the ineptness shown by military command. You will have a hard time putting this book down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    not recommended

    although i am a marine and couldnt be prouder of this young marine and his courage i found who ever helped him write his story did a terrible job. i think if he would of wrote his story word for word it would of been a better book. i am proud to share the title marine with him. but think the story could of been done better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent book, very well written. It was very heart touching with all the stress that was placed upon Dakota Meyer after the fight that he was awarded the MOH for.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2012

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    Excellent

    amazing what a soldier goes through to survive.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    I Enjoyed Meyers' story. I'm allways moved by these first hand e

    I Enjoyed Meyers' story. I'm allways moved by these first hand events. Well written for this audiance.
    Chuck McCall Former Rifleman 187 ARTC

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Highly recommend

    This was a GREAT book and easy read. Dakota Meyer is someone everyone can inspire to be like and the younger generation to look up to.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    One of the best books detailing the hardships of fighting in Afghanistan

    I thought this was a well written book. The agony of Dakota's loss of his buddies is vivid, real and heartbreaking. I can understand his feelings about receiving the Medal of Honor. He thought he accepted it for his buddies and himself.

    Thank God for people like him. We would be no where without them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 22, 2012

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    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Quest

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    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Out fucken Standing

    One hell of a read. Semper fi brother Meyer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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