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On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story
     

On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story

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by Cdr. Richard Jadick, Thomas Hayden
 

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At age thirty-eight, Navy Dr. Richard Jadick was too old to be called up to the front lines-but not too old to volunteer. This is the inspiring story of one man's decision to enter into the fray-and a compelling account of courage under fire. Both wrenching and uplifting, On Call in Hell is a portrayal of brothers-in-arms that few will be able to forget.

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At age thirty-eight, Navy Dr. Richard Jadick was too old to be called up to the front lines-but not too old to volunteer. This is the inspiring story of one man's decision to enter into the fray-and a compelling account of courage under fire. Both wrenching and uplifting, On Call in Hell is a portrayal of brothers-in-arms that few will be able to forget. Awarded a Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor, Jadick has become a modern American legend-and a true American hero.

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Not the least remarkable aspect of Cdr. Richard Jadick's Iraqi saga is that he didn't have to go. The Navy physician whom Newsweek's cover dubbed "Hero, M.D." was 38, too old to be called -- but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, Jadick did just that. Responding to a shortage in combat surgeons, he left his Stateside desk job for the front lines of Fallujah. Duty with the "1/8" (First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment) was hectic, sometimes crazy, with casualties coming quick and hard. In one battle alone, he saved 30 lives. Of the hundreds of men Jadick treated, only one died after reaching a hospital. After he returned to this country, he was honored with the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor. To date, he is the only Navy doctor to have been so decorated for service in Iraq. On Call in Hell is his story. It transcends politics but gives us an indelible view of one healer's war.
Publishers Weekly

Blood-and-guts accounts of Fallujah are not in short supply, but Jadick—a career Marine officer and brigade surgeon who took a demotion to battalion surgeon to volunteer for service in Iraq in 2004—tells the story through the eyes of a doctor. Unlike colleagues who remained in battalion aid stations behind the lines, Jadick and his medics accompanied their unit in makeshift ambulances as it battled through the streets. This was not bravado, he writes, but a calculated strategy to reach, stabilize and rush wounded troops to hospitals more quickly. He makes his case many times over, with dramatic accounts of catastrophically injured men from his unit and others who would not have survived a journey to the aid station. This remarkable man's story is well worth telling, although his writer should have discouraged him from frequent pauses for memorial essays on every soldier who died, and to remind readers of the Marines' bravery, of the dedication of the medics, and how much he loves his wife, the Marines and America. Readers who can skim past these segments will find the book a memorable experience. (Mar. 6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451223081
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
260,628
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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Cdr. Richard Jadick is the recipient of the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor, the only Navy doctor to have been awarded one so far in the Iraq war. He is now a urology resident at the Medical College of Georgia and is still in the Navy.

Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.

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On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspiring to me and I loved reading it.  My dad is a firefighter and paramedic so reading about a war medic was super interesting to me.  I got to see some of the things that medics go through and deal with and that was cool to learn about.  Also, just recently, my cousin left for basic training in the army to be a combat medic.  This was so cool because he is training to be exactly what Richard Jadick was.  I got to learn about the things that my cousin might be doing and from hearing about his experiences, he was having so much fun and was just really enjoying becoming a combat medic. Because I am surrounded with people in my life like my cousin and my dad, I have always had an interest in medics and the military and other things under those categories.  Reading this book gave me an opportunity to get inside the head of Jadick and see first hand the things that a medic does, thinks, and goes through.  That was the main reason why I loved this book so much.  And I would recommend that as many people read it as possible. Although I think everyone should read it at one point in their lives, I would only recommend this book to people from high school age and maturity and above.  There were some gruesome injuries and scenes played out in detail that might be frightening and unsettling for the younger reader.  However, Jadick’s attention to detail when writing this book made you feel like you were in the middle of the Battle of Fallujah.  It made you feel as if you were right there next to the other combat medics and marines and made you feel as if you were enduring the same remarkable experience as the people who really were there in Fallujah.
hitron More than 1 year ago
On CALL IN HELL is great book it show the sacifices , courage REAL DOCTORS, CORPMEN and MARINES make each and every day so that this nation can remain free..We could have used Commander Jadick in Vietnam since more soldiers and MARines would have survived. Doctors like Commander Jadick are rare and there needs to be more doctors like Commander Jacdick and the corpsmen that served with him. Great book . SFC JON T FORD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“On Call in Hell” was a great book. Simply put, it exposes the other side of war. I have read a good number of books, on the straight forward combat, which often leave the other side, the casualties to the imagination. This book talks about from the moment of impact to several years later. It is also one of the first books I have read to talk about the Gold Star Families. They are truly the victims of war, those who will have an empty chair at every holiday to come. Their contribution really added to the value of the book. Another great point that truly left me proud to be an American was the work of the Corpsman. Young man and one woman, who gave their all for their fellow Marines, the combination of the Doctors, Corpsman and the Army National Guard Medics from North Carolina, contributed overwhelmingly to the success of the Battle of Fallujah. And we have few names to memorialize, because of them. This is a book worth ready and I highly recommend it. I know, for me it helped put things in prospective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
richard jadick was a navy doctor in maryland and had a pregnant wife yet he saw a need for navy doctors in the battlefield in iraq. so he volunteered his services and hooked up with the first battalion eighth marine reg. this doctor truly has alot of courage cause he risked his own life to treat many wounded and he didnt wait for the wounded to come to him he went to get them all the time while under constant enemy fire and I found a very intresting fact from reading this book that this is the only navy doctor from the iraq war so far to be awarded the bronze star medal with a combat 'v' for valor. what made this book very meaningful for me is it shows what the military doctors and medics and nurses do for our brave men and women and that if it were not for these unsung hereos many of our soldiers would not be coming home. this book would make a wonderful gift for a friend, family member, or soldier serving over seas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It's a must read.
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Judy Larkin More than 1 year ago
So afraid to read this book yet felt I needed to hear about the real side of what our men and women do. NEVER could I have imagined this much pain and sheer bravery. After reading this I will feel an overwhelming desire to give every soldier a hug they will truly remember. I sobbed a lot. I prayed for many. Such brutal happenings...overwhelming heroism even in obvious death situations.... EVeryone should read this book so the full impact of what love means can be seen in many different ways. Amazing. I will not read this book twice....too painful yet oh so much given for us.
Carloswifee More than 1 year ago
I actually cried during parts of this book. I was so touched by the amount of pride this doctor had in not only serving the military and using his profession like he does but also the pride he has in his staff and other military members. From somebody who served in the medical field in the military, this is as realistic as you can get. Amazing book!!
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aechristy More than 1 year ago
Most informative to understanding what is going on in iraq and what our soldiers are faced with. Unbelievable
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im really into war books. Especially books like this one. He expressed his emotions in a way that i could imagine it happening. This was one of the best books ive ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this makes me realize why marines love corpsmen so much. I should bring this with to work, and read it if I ever think i had a bad day at work again. The bravery and professionalism of these men is amazing, and his willingness to be a part of it shows his dedication. The story of how he became a doc wanders a bit, but overall I enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is a new corpsman in the US Navy. His goal is to be a Fleet Marine Force corpsman a Marine 'Doc'. I have been trying to discourage him but after reading this book, I would be very proud to see him become a Marine doc. These brave men, many of them not far out of their childhood, exemplify true courage and committment in the face danger. Commander Jaddick's book opened my eyes and made me see and understand why my son has chosen this path.