Red Platoon

Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valor

Book - 2016
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An account of the horrendous October 2009 attack on the American Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, told in a frank, engaging vernacular by the staff sergeant and Medal of Honor winner. Romesha ably captures the daily dangers faced by these courageous American soldiers in Afghanistan.-- adapted from Kirkus reviews.
"'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--Keating--had become a kind of backhanded joke." In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) 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 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 fourteen-hour battle--and eventual victory--cost eight Americans their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle for COP Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525955054
Characteristics: xiii, 378 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Feb 06, 2018

When I began reading the obstacle to continue to read was the poor prose and the narrative was not catching. I have not read the entire book but will push through. Maybe I'll get un-bogged down.

Dec 18, 2017

I have to agree this is a fantastic read. I will be recommending it highly. I will go out on a limb and say the battle of outpost Keating is the Ia Drang of Afghanistan - the urgency is there from the get go.

Sep 22, 2017

Have read a lot of war fiction and nonfiction. This is now on my best list. One of the best actual battle reads I've had.


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