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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. 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 many of the individuals involved The book shows a great detail of research was involved in compiling the bookIn ways it read like a novel but then the reader realizes that this is real very real and it really did happen War and we are at war is extremely brutal It gave me a great deal of pause when I try to understand why in the world was this outpost put in such an area that could not be reinforced properly or even protected to provide a measure of defense for these men It makes you wonder what was going through the minds of those who made the decision for the location of this outpost and living conditions that they endured And our Government wants to put females in combat positions Read this and picture a female living in these conditions Soldiers sign up to take and follow orders which is what these young men did without uestion It is just so sad that so many had to lose their lives My uestion is For what I applaud all those involved in defending Keating as well as those involved in rescuing them It s an amazing feat that was accomplished by all involved Exceptional read for me Very eye opening It makes me proud to be an American especially to know that we have such brave and self sacrificing young men who give their all for their country Do some of our leaders actually realize what they have in individuals such as these Some of the young people today have the entitlement mentality and have no clue what some people sacrifice to allow them to have this mentality Definitely recommend

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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. 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 created by our friendship I have to say though now that I ve completed Red Platoon I would have given any author of this exceptional book 5 stars It reads like an action movie and then you stop and think oh wait this really happened He does a great job of setting up the scene and helping the reader get to know the guys he fought with It s apparent that Clint has done his best to make this book about those brave men that gave their lives to hold the ground at Keating rather than to glorify himself and his actions Like any movie I cannot really let myself become enveloped with the story without good character development Clint does a great job of helping the reader get to know the men that fought in the events that unfolded on October 3rd through vivid stories and genuine dialogue throughout This publication already has a place on my bookshelf and will never be taken down except for when I decide to begin reading it for the second time

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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. 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 introduction it feels as though you know them yourself The pictures while reading provide this humanness to the men he talks about letting the reader know that these were real people that died friends that died and with the connection of these pictures my heart hurts a bit If you have to read one military autobiographynonfiction book I highly recommend this one This story is about a platoon not just one person but average men who were put to an extraordinary testUPDATE This is the third time I have now read this book and every time it hits me right in the feels and when I read it I hope that things turn out differently that the people who died didn t and the decisions made were revoked Every time I read this book I learn about combat brotherhood friends and the bonds between humans that surprises me This book should be read by everyone to gain an understanding of what people were going through thinking and feeling during combat to better tie the rift between soldiers and civilians I will always be coming back to this book and I will continue to reread it for the rest of my life Where do I startThis book exceeded my expectations and now has become one of my top favorite books of all time This book made me laugh it made me cry and sometimes I had to put it down due to what they were going through that I had to think about itWhat I love about this book is that Romesha would talk about the guys in his platoon their personalities their physical appearance everything and beside the words are pictures of the guys which I think is a powerful and effective way to show the reader that they were real people that this was what they were likeThis book wasn t political it is not egotistical in anyway which I really enjoyed It s about the battle its about surviving sacrifices but also the brotherhood of this platoon Highly recommend Meagann


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 Combat Outpost Keating the most remote American camp in Afghanistan Inside Red Platoon Barracks IT DOESN'T GET BETTER

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    I grew up with Clint and we were best friends for the better part of 18 years When I found out he was putting thi

  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 Romes

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    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 so

  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 exce

  6. says:

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

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    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 heroesCombat Outpost KeatingKamdesh was in mountainous Nuristan province near Pakistan bo

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    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 train

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    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 st

  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 conversations are

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