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Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valor
Written by: Clinton Romesha
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the 13-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating, by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for listeners 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 - 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 Keating's 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 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives.

Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of 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.

©2016 Clinton Romesha (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Daniela
  • 2016-05-08

Amazing Memoir

I have read or listened to 20+ war time or military memoirs and this by far one the most well written, insightful, well-researched and respectful of them all. I highly recommend it and it's well worth your time. This book does a spectacular job of balancing the horror our soldiers face in battle with prospective and distance from the action. The level of detailed description brings the battle to life in ways few non-fiction accounts are able to capture. Thank you for writing this story.

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  • The Critic
  • 2017-03-26

Grateful American

Only a soldier would understand the bond created by shared combat. But, Mr. Romesha has offered an insight that begets a respect from the reader like no other literature I have read. Anyone that does not understand why we honor our veterans should read this. It will change your view of the price of freedom.

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  • Bee Keeper
  • 2018-11-21

Must Read for Comfortable, Non-combatant Americans

I believe EVERYONE needs to watch Taking Chance, Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, Saving Private Ryan . . . . and read Matterhorn and Red Platoon. No war or Police Action is understood well except those who have been there. My father's war was centered around a submarine on combat patrols in the Pacific. He remains a charter member of Brokaw's Greatest Generation, and he came home to bands, parades and kisses in Central Park. My war was the unsavory, unpopular, smelly, manipulative, cluster%$#@& of a domino chain in Vietnam. Clinton Romesha was thrust in to an epic battle with a unit that came together when they needed to in order to survive. What separates this work from others is that Mr Romesha does not focus on his Medal of Honor awarded to him for this action, rather the acts of many . . . . and the ultimate sacrifice of 8 comrades in arms played out in an unbelievably vicious and hard fought engagement.

I came upon this book as as a result of watching a NETFLIX documentary on several recipients of the Medal of Honor over the last century. Romesha was one of the men highlighted in the film, and he talked about his need for Catharsis which he realized could only come about by removing much of the burden he carried, and placing it on our shoulders too. He knew at his core, as you the reader/listener will also discover, that the medal belonged to the unit both those who lived and those who died. As I mentioned in my header, non-combatants should read this . . . not because I judge you or think of you in a negative way, rather because it is such a rare window to the absolute truth of what up close and personal combat is. Well, at least insofar as mere words can convey.

In this exceptional true story, you will meet all kinds of people. Clint takes much time and deliberation in character development, for which I am appreciative. Please take a few hours to get to know some of our finest who continue to man a post for you and me.

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  • JMP
  • 2017-01-05

Riveting

Finished it faster than expected. Was intense, emotional and had me at a loss of words at times. We can't appreciate the heroes who serve until we know their stories.

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  • lewis richards
  • 2017-01-02

Great!!!

One of the best books I have ever heard on tape! Amazing story! Thanks for your service!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-11-17

Fantastic

This book drew me in and had me breathless and crying. I highly recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-07-30

Incredible Details and Passion

As a retired Infantryman, I was truly impressed with the details of the story and the passionate telling of the story.
The true way of life of the Soldiers on the ground is rarely told in a down and dirty fashion, but this book did the Soldiers of today the highest honor of being true to them.

State Representative Jimmie T Smith

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  • E1034901
  • 2017-01-12

I listened to it twice, who does that?

Would you consider the audio edition of Red Platoon to be better than the print version?

These books are not cheap and when I ordered the Last Punisher I was ready to quit Audible. This book is a professional presentation of the facts and simply the best audiobook I have heard from both content and narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I am going to contrast everything against the Punisher book because it was so god awful. This book is wonderful and so well done. No stupid slogans and locker room BS about how bad ass they were, and these guys were badass.

Which scene was your favorite?

The setup to the attack, dooms day no doubt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Didn't cry but listened to it twice to get all the detail.

Any additional comments?

You wont regret it.

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  • Craig Bowman
  • 2016-12-29

Great War history book

One of The best books in the war history genre. This is just action-packed from cover to cover. It really should be a movie.

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  • BigTex
  • 2016-12-14

Amazing!

this is a must read! As a veteran myself there were parts that were heart breaking to hear!

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