None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism

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Overview

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.

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Overview

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force's pararescue operations in Afghanistan. The first journalist to be embedded with an Air Force combat unit in the war on terrorism, Hirsh flew from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, with the 71st Rescue Squadron to their expeditionary headquarters at a secret location in Central Asia.

Unparalleled access to the pararescue jumpers-or PJs-as well as to the courageous men and women who fly them where they have to go, often under enemy fire, allowed Michael Hirsh to uncover incredible stories of courage. Among them: the drama of a plane crash at 10,000 feet in the Hindu Kush mountains, where PJs climb with hundred-pound packs through chest-deep snow to rescue the crew...the tension of an unprecedented nighttime combat parachute jump into the middle of an Afghan minefield...the heartbreak during Operation Anaconda, when seven American fighting men die, including the first PJ killed in combat since Vietnam.


About the Author:
Michael Hirsh is a Vietnam combat veteran, a broadcast journalist, and a George Foster Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is the author of Pararescue: The Skill and Courage of the Elite 106th Rescue Wing: The True Story of an Incredible Rescue at Sea and the Heroes Who Pulled It Off.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641718540
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction xiii
Prologue: The Worst Day of His Life 1
Chapter 1 "Hey, We Got Company" 5
Chapter 2 JDAMned 34
Chapter 3 Boyz 'N the HAS 52
Chapter 4 Murphy Never Rests 82
Chapter 5 "Holy Shit, Ditka Just Crashed" 107
Chapter 6 The Most Righteous Mission 125
Chapter 7 Free-falling to a Minefield 156
Chapter 8 Evil in the Valley 175
Chapter 9 Recon by Casualty 198
Chapter 10 KIA 218
Chapter 11 "We Weren't Getting Shot at That Bad" 239
Chapter 12 "I Regret to Inform You..." 260
Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 275
In Memoriam 287
Index 289
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