Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic


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Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic by Mark L. Donald, Scott Mactavish, Dwight Jon Zimmerman

The gripping memoir of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald

As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost twenty-five years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable.

From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the reader in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312600754
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

MARK L. DONALD, the son of a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer and a Mexican mother, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps before transferring to the Navy to train as a Corpsman. He subsequently completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and served in SEALs until 1996 when he was selected for the Intra-service Physician Assistant Program. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and was commissioned a Medical Service Corps officer. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was assigned as operational medical support to special operations where he served in a number of capacities until his retirement. Donald was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest medal awarded by the Department of the Navy, for extraordinary heroism while engaged in enemy action against Al Qaeda fighters in southern Afghanistan. He lives in Chesapeake, Virginia.

SCOTT MACTAVISH is an author, filmmaker and veteran of the United States Navy. He does volunteer work for the Navy SEAL Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Team for the I:68 Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides monetary relief to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story! Mark Donald gives an extremely though-provoking memoir, ideal for those who want to better understand the hearts and minds of our military men and women who are coping with the effects of combat stress. He gives a very personal account of his journey, first as a young man looking for direction and meaning in life who joins the marines, then as a combat medic and SEAL, and finally in his many support roles on returning from combat. In this story, the reader gets views of the intense bonds of friendship and acts of bravery that abound in the SEAL teams. At its heart, the story describes the internal stress that combat takes on Mark in his dual role as a warrior and a medic. Through this journey he reveals his own difficulties in trying to deal with PTSD alone and the need to reach out to others in the military community. Mark Donald is a man of strength and courage, tempered with humility and faith. He continues to serve by reaching out to those in need and helping others understand the effects of combat stress. I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to understand the internal struggle of those coping with PTSD. Mark Donald's story provides and inspiration for all of us to try to better understand and support our military men and women returning from combat. His detailed account of his own personal struggles also serve as an inspiration to all of us to reach for support in times of need and a reminder that people want to help, if only you let them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book to read because of this sentence in the description: "Battle Ready dramatically immerses the reader in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other." I was interested to find out how a man would handle those conflicting ideals and emotions. Mr. Donald does an excellent job revealing his inner struggles, and the incredible sacrifice he and others have made in the name of our country, both while they are deployed and while they are at home. There isn't any sugar-coating in this book. Mr. Donald openly and honestly traces his struggles with PTSD and the demons that go along with it. His bare honestly will break your heart at times. That he has overcome so much and continues to serve by working with other Veterans is astonishing. As a nation we need to be grateful to the men and women of our armed forces who willingly put themselves on the physical, mental and emotional line for us. This book tells so much of what those troops deal with that no one ever talks about. Battle Ready also sheds a light on how much the families of our troops suffer and sacrifice, perhaps even more at times than the troops. Every American should read this book. Thank you Mr. Donald, for baring you soul to tell this story that so desperately needed to be told.
GeorgevB More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times, and I am amazed how human his story is, his love of family and country. It is also a story that shows the conflict that a person cannot achieve all they want. Whether he is wearing his medic "hat" or his SEAL one, you can see the conflict in him to save as many people to bring home, even when he knows that by the end of each detachment he will return home with less people than he started with. He has an amazing family that stick with him through thick and thin, and will not let him wallow in self pity, a family that teach him there is a life after deployment. I wish I could buy this book and give it to all of my friends. To combat soldiers and combat medics everywhere. I thank you for your motto that "that no man shall be left behind". Thank you to the US Navy SEALs no matter where you at any given time, tanks to you we can sleep well at night. Hooyah!!!!
AnnLi More than 1 year ago
I admit I purchased this book after talking with Mark Donald at a book signing in a B&N in Arkansas. It was a very interesting read, and I only wish I had read the book first, and could talk to him now! Unbelievable personal story of intensity and drive.
storms1 More than 1 year ago
"battle ready" is an amazing seal team 6 memoir by one of its top medics who was highly decorated and severed in countless battles and is responsible for saving numourous lifes. this is one of the best seal team memoirs that I have read in a long time he went through boot camp and after having to serve on the front lines in some of the toughest battles he lived tell about it amazing story great gift idea. also recamended: once a marine by nick popadich guns up by johnnie m clark gunners glory by johnnie m clark
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