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They put a price on his head. They did everything they could to disrupt his mission. Finally, when an anti-tank mine tore off his right foot, the warriors of jihad in Iraq thought they had neutralized one of their most resourceful, determined foes.
They were wrong.
Refusing to let his injury stop him, Captain David Rozelle roared back into action, returning to Iraq as commander of an armored cavalry troop. He became the first amputee in recent military history to resume a dangerous command on the same battlefield.
In Back in Action: An American Soldier¹s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude, Rozelle tells the whole gripping story: from the day he had to tell his pregnant wife that he was going to war (Valentines Day 2003) and deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, to the fateful day four months later when a land mine tore off his right footand beyond, through months of agonizing rehabilitation to his final triumphant recertification as "Fit for Duty."
Rozelle, who has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart, speaks with brisk frankness about his post-amputation battles and the gritty determination that saw him through. He recounts his inspiring battle through rehabilitation, as he learned to walk with a prosthetic foot and did his utmost to prove he still had the stuff to be a soldier: completing five sprint-distance triathlons, an Olympic-distance triathlon, the New York City Marathon, and skiing, snowboarding, and mountain climbing through Disabled Sports USA.
Its an astonishing story of courage, determination, heroism, and bedrock patriotism. "Every now and again," says Rozelle, "I would get the standard, That is horrible. How do you feel about the war?" The fearless captain would respond: "How do you feel about your freedom? If you arent willing to die for it, then you arent American."
David Rozelle was willing to die for freedom, and he is still willing to put his life on the line for it, despite the injury he has already suffered. Back in Action is a stirring reminder of the commitment every American should have to the cause of freedom, if we hope to continue to enjoy that freedom. Its an extraordinary and inspiring story of devotion to duty overcoming all obstacles.
Captain David Rozelle has served in the U.S. Army for over ten years since his commission from Davidson College ROTC. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart. He has been a guest on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, the Today Show, and Dayside with Linda Vester. He holds a degree in English literature. He lives in Fort Carson, Colorado, with his wife, Kim, and their son, Forrest.
Great chapters on the early days in the Iraq war and what our soldiers faced during that time. Also great a great story about the triumph of the human spirit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joshua A. Risher
Whatever lessons and inspiration were supposed to be gleaned from this book were unfortunately buried so far beneath the poor writing it surpassed being labeled "painful" to read... Read morePublished 24 months ago by RockThrower
1. This is an inspiring story, unfortunately marred by the poor writing. The author's apparent narcissism doesn't help either.
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Rozelle's book protrays an interesting story about his personal journey. Well worth the read.Published on February 13, 2007 by N. Elguindi
CPT Dave Rozelle is a true hero and American Patriot. This amazing true story is a must read for any of the War on Terrorism's many critics. Read morePublished on February 12, 2006 by BK6
This book was tough for me. As a military wife I was drawn to Capt. Rozelle's story. However, his book didn't live up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong, Capt. Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by APeper
If you believe that troop-morale is low this book should change your mind. I've heard Capt. Rozelle on Laura Ingraham's show telling his story and each time I hear him I'm more... Read morePublished on June 21, 2005 by Paul
I was eager to read Capt. Rozelle's book and compare with others by combat veterans from previous conflicts as far back as the American Revolution. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by Larry W. Mauck