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Keating had become a kind of backhanded joke  In 2009 Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan Three years after its construction the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately. It doesn t get betterWhyWhy do we keep making decisions like this I understand the idea behind a line of outposts to disrupt the enemy s sphere of control but how do you put an outpost here It doesn t get betterTo us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself Keating has become a kind of backhanded joke A byword for the army s peculiar flair for stacking odds against itself in a way that was almost guaranteed to blow up in some spectacular fashion and then refusing to walk away from the tableThe location the analysts selected was unacceptable by almost any yardstick you d care to measure it with Positioned only fourteen miles from the Pakistan border the site was ensconced in the deepest valley of Nuristan s Kamdesh District at a spot that resembled the bowl of a toilet It was surrounded by steep mountains whose summits went as high as twelve thousand feet and whose ridgelines would enable an enemy to pour fire down on the outpost while remaining concealed behind a thick scrim of trees and bouldersWhat makes this an even tragic incident is that the decision had been made to abandon the outpost and in fact the three platoons on site Red White and Blue were to be the last before the outpost was destroyed So close that some of the medical supplies had been boxed up ready to be airlifted outEarly in the morning of October 3 2009 the Taliban began a sophisticated multi pronged attack on the outpost pinning down most of the fighting positions around the outpost The outpost teeters on the edge before the first air attack is carried out by Apache helicopters Over time a tremendous amount of air support is called in and even included a B 1 bomber dropping 500 to 2000 pound bombsI have read many of these battle experience books over the last several years but this stands out for a couple of reasons First the sheer lunacy of the outpost positioning itself Second Romesha spoke with other members of the platoons before writing the book to provide a better overall perspective of the battle This book also seemed to paint an honest picture of the action and reaction of fellow soldiers Not everybody in the platoon got along not everyone was gung ho balls to the wall It seemed like a realistic view of the workings of a group of men put together in an almost impossible situation910 On Tidy Endings ground had known immediately. 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Red Platoon

It was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend    On October 3 2009 after years of constant smaller attacks the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating The ensuing 14 hour battle and eventual victory cost 8 men their lives    Red Platoon is the riveting first hand account of the Battle of Keating told by Romesha who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. I read this book first because it was my job and then I read it again because it blew my mind It s not the story of Navy SEALS or highly trained soldiers it s about young people who are barely old enough to vote or drink or are in the Army because it was their only option for a career and who end up facing the Taliban for a 14 hour firefight It doesn t get political it just gets compassionate

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The only comprehensive firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell   'It doesn't get better' To us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself. After back to back tours of duty often demanded of a soldier hisher next mission may not get better cushier or less dangerous which fatally was the case for the Black Knight Troop a mechanized armor unit whose sixty five men were spread across three platoons Red White and Blue deployed with the task of dismantling Combat Outpost Keating the most remote American camp in Afghanistan Inside Red Platoon Barracks IT DOESN T GET BETTER the unnerving mantra etched in wood at COP Keating expresses concisely how susceptible the platoon felt at the outpost that lay in a basin enclosed by mountains literally fishbowled in and virtually unprotected from any angle View down into COP Keating from the North Face On the morning of October 3rd 2009 the camp of 53 Americans soldiers was attacked by 300 Taliban assailants scattered around its perimeter They were basically sitting ducks the following 14 hour carnage came to be known as the Battle of Kamdesh Combining accounts from Clinton Romesha and other survivors of the siege detail in panoramic perspective that hellish day Their defense of the outpost is described in heart pounding strategic counterattacks against the fighters who were already inside our wire Exploding RPGs rapid zings from AK 47s Humvees blasted into infernal heaps and searing hot shrapnel embedding into and shredding flesh and bone do not despite its apocalyptic images overshadow the sheer courage it took to face the task needed to be tackled by men who had their boots on the ground and were willing to engage in a direct eyeball to eyeball gunfight inch by inch and shot by shot for this contested piece of dirt While recalling each defensive tact like a football game in overtime Romesha takes greater care in personalizing each of his teammates the soldier is not just a player fighting a bloody game he is someone s best friend a jokester a teaser a family man an average joe with real worries and aspirations for his future he is humanized Romesha s memoir steers clearly away from any blaming of policy makers or uestioning the judgement of administration Instead his chief aim is to honor the brave fallen comrades who fought heroically that day who as good soldiers who have pledged to go and do without uestion completed their mission without reservation His aim was precise and hit its target flawlesslyNarrative of winning the battleground was not one of Romesha s main concerns knowing that the Taliban placed great value on American bodies which they removed from the battlefield and filmed then posted the resulting videos on the InternetFor these reasons we had to get our dead back tooHow strongly each soldier held his unspoken loyalty to the other is one absolutely resonating message in Romesha s memoir It was not just a matter of teamwork but how deeply the relationships ran between the Red Platoon these brothers in arms that if one of them fell in mortal danger the other will rise without hesitation to catch and support him at the risk of his own life and that dead or alive no one would be left behind even if the effort to retrieve them might entail losing guys me included Given what we stood for and what we believed in we really had no other choice The Red PlatoonRomesha s recounting of the Battle of Kamdesh is a high octane story of bravery faithful comradeship and the unselfish giving of oneself for his country and countryman in the face of his own mortality In case some aren t uite sure this is the true definition of Sacrifice Heroic acts such as these must not be degraded or cheapened in its meaning by fake plastic medalsRed Platoon is a must read and has already been slated for a movie adaptation Congratulations to Sergeant Clinton L Romesha for receiving the Medal of Honor the highest honor in the country It Doesn t Get Better Than That Unlike some undeserving wannabes not worth mentioning you and the Red Platoon company have earned itMedal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt Clinton L RomeshaFor in honor of SgtClinton Romesha check out


10 thoughts on “Red Platoon

  1. says:

    After back to back tours of duty often demanded of a soldier hisher next mission may not get better cushier or less dangerous which fatally was the case for the Black Knight Troop a mechanized armor unit whose sixty five men were spread across three platoons Red White and Blue deployed with the task of dismantling Comba

  2. says:

    I grew up with Clint and we were best friends for the better part of 18 years When I found out he was putting this book together I knew I would read it as soon as I got my hands on it and that I would give it a high rating because of the bias

  3. says:

    Red Platoon is easily the best first hand account of a military action that I have read There is a rare feel of honesty and nobility in Romesha's story and I think within the telling The reader gets a true sense of what it was like to be a soldier at an obscure outpost in AfghanistanKeating was an outpost in an isolated area in the Nuristan province in Afghanistan near the Urmul village Red Platoon was one of 3 platoons

  4. says:

    It doesn't get betterWhy?Why do we keep making decisions like this? I understand the idea behind a line of outposts to disrupt the enemy's sphere of control but how do you put an outpost here It doesn't get betterTo us that phrase nailed one of the essential truths maybe even the essential truth about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever se

  5. says:

    Received an Advanced Reader's Copy from Goodreads Give Away programFor me this was a very emotional read The book was very detailed gave an excellent chronology of the events as well as introducing the reader to

  6. says:

    I just finished Red Platoon by MOH winner Clinton Romesha With the recent announcement of the build up in Afghanistan this i

  7. says:

    The Battle of KamdeshI watched The Outpost Scott Eastwood Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom when it was released this summer then later knew of this book Red Platoon reads like an action thriller but it's a true story of real life heroesC

  8. says:

    I read this book first because it was my job and then I read it again because it blew my mind It's not the story of Navy SEALS or highly trained soldiers; it's about young people who are barely old enough to vote or drink or are in the Army because it was their only option for a career and who end up facing the Taliban for a 14 hour firefight It doesn't get political it just gets compassionate

  9. says:

    Reread x4 Reading Rush I feel myself coming back to this book about every 15 2 years because this is a book I can never stop thinking about It has imprinted on me in a way that will never fade This book leaves the ego arrogance and USA yeehaw out and brings us a real raw and painful account of the Battle of Keating One thing I love is while reading there are pictures of the men he introduces you too and even after the introduct

  10. says:

    Difficult read Unbelievable that this Keating was set up to defend in its location in the first place It seems the incompetent directions are abounding And not only in how we perceive and nameIn company language some of the convers

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