We Were One Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

ISBN-10: 0306815737

ISBN-13: 9780306815737

Edition: 2007

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Description: The battle for Fallujah in November, 2004, was the most intense urban engagement fought by the United States since World War II. It was a battle unlike any other in recent history--civilians were used as human shields, or as bait to lure Americans into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every street corner; and radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death. The Marines were the first to fight in Fallujah, and the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1) bore the brunt of this epic battle. Within the battalion, Lima Company's 1st Platoon saw the worst of it. At the end of the battle only fourteen of the platoon's forty-nine Marines were left standing. Award-winning author Patrick O'Donnell was "embedded" with this modern band of brothers as he marched--and fought--side by side with the soliders of the 1st Platoon, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted. In riveting prose, O'Donnell captures not only the sights, sounds, and smells of the gritty street fighting, but also the human drama of young men from a close-knit platoon fighting and dying for each other. We Were One chronicles the 1st Platoon's story from its formation in February, 2004, to its near destruction among the smoldering ruins of Fallujah. It is a story of the next "greatest generation"--the valiant Marines who fought bravely and died in the fiercest battle in the Iraq War. As The Humvee Carrying The Badly Wounded Sergeant Conner and the lifeless body of Mike Hanks pulled away, a remarkably composed Corporal Bill Sojda assumed command of what was left of 3rd Squad. The men's faces were ashen, their eyes filled with tears. Lance Corporal Jacob de la Garza, the lastsurviving member of Hanks' fire team, covered his head with a brown scarf. Garza was spent. His face looked like he had aged ten years, and he said nothing to his buddies. Lane Corporal Steven Wade grabbed his hand and said, "Garza, we'll get you home." The remaining men in the squad held hands. According to Derick Lowe, "It was our way of silently saying, 'We came through this, we are going to make it out of here together no matter what happens.'" The battle continued to rage, and 3rd Squad still had work to do. As they pushed on to clear the next house, "Natasha," a D-9 armored bulldozer on loan from Israel, leveled the building where Hanks died. Natasha was said to be named after an Israeli woman, the wife of an army officer, who was killed by a suicide bomber. As the squad watched the destruction of the building, no one said a word. It was instant justice.

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Jeanne M. Dams, an American, is a devout Anglophile who has wished she could live in England ever since her first visit in 1963. Fortunately, her alter ego, Dorothy Martin, can do just that. Jeanne lives in South Bend, Indiana, with a varying population of cats.

Preface
Prologue
Boots
A Grunt's Grunt
Into the Cauldron
Trojan Horses
Feints
The Die Is Cast
"I'm Gonna Take You to Hell"
"Steel Rain"
"Allahu Akbar"-God Is Great
Back into the Fray
A Whiter Shade of Pale
"So Far Together"
Full Circle
The Wolves of Islam
D9s
Rest
Requiem
Home
Afterword: Why I Went to Iraq and Wrote this Book
Chronology-1st Platoon and the Battle of Fallujah
Where They Are Now
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
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