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5.0 out of 5 stars a hero Marine story of battle and loss of his best friends, October 3, 2012
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This review is from: Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War (Hardcover)
This is the most intense and moving story, of Cpl. Dakota Meyer in a battle in Afghanistan, in which his best friends were KIA and he distinguished himself in gallantry and bravery. He trained hard, and that training and luck saved his life, during a 6 hour long battle in which his squad was ambushed by overpowering Taliban firepower from a superior position on high ground on three sides.

Dakota was almost captured when a Taliban kushman tapped him on the shoulder while he was recovering the body of his Afghan soldier buddy. His quick thinking enabled him to stun the enemy soldier and kill him in hand to hand combat with a rock. This book describes the intensity of the fighting, of having bullets whiz past his ears and head, tilling up the ground around his feet during the operation, the numbness of treating other soldiers who were severely wounded, and finding bodies of friends who died when he was unable to help them due to higher ups in the chain of command.

I highly recommend this book if you wish to know what close combat is like in Afghanistan, and the gut wrenching terror and bravery that this US Marine displayed for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor!
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