Friday, February 24, 2017
Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor by Clinton Romesha
In 2009, Sergeant Romesha was stationed at Outpost Keating in one of the most remote, mountainous areas of Afghanistan along the border with Pakistan when it was attacked by two to three hundred Taliban fighters. The outpost was only occupied by one company of U. S. troops and some unreliable Afghan soldiers and police at the time because it was in the process of being dismantled. Outpost Keating was surrounded on all sides by sheer peaks, allowing the attackers to rake the base with machine guns, and rocket propelled grenades. The base could only be supplied by helicopter, and the landing zone was outside the base perimeter. The book gives a vivid picture of the fight, and the eight Americans who lost their lives. Constant air support, and the tenacity of Romesha and his comrades kept the base from being overrun. The author was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.