Red Platoon

Red Platoon

A True Story of American Valor

Book - 2016
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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 United States 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 a 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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Dutton,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780525955054
0525955054
Branch Call Number: 958.104742 RO
Characteristics: xiii, 378 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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marklsmith
Sep 14, 2019

Very inspiring to see that our society is still able to produce people like Mr. Romesha & his brothers in arms. Seems like ordinary guys put in extreme situations. True heroes.
At the same time it is disgusting that higher officers who made decisions that cause others to die are not held accountable. If there was some important reason COP Keating had to be at that specific bad location then why were not the problem issues mitigated? Even a non-mil guy can see that being surrounded by mountains on three sides & across the river from the helo-pad on the fourth side are likely to lead to serious problems.

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drkoopor
Jul 27, 2019

bob recommend

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irishman_6
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.

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jwfreitag
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.

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ardinapplegarth
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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