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Lest We Forget: An Army Ranger Medic's Story Paperback – December 10, 2013
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About the Author
Leo "Doc" Jenkins is a veteran of multiple special operations medical courses and combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq as a medic in 3rd Ranger Battalion. Leo is the best selling author of Lest We Forget: A Ranger Medic's Story, On Assimilation, and First Train Out of Denver.
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One of the reviews I read said something about this being overly macho, tooting the Ranger horn, or some such. There are other special operation books (not Rangers) I've avoided because of this very thing. I kept waiting to stumble across this kind of rah-rah braggy stuff but it never materialized on the pages. What I did find was just the opposite - references to "cool guy" gear and other self-effacing commentary that is more in keeping with the mentality of folks in the Regiment.
Maybe that reviewer was referencing the places where the author describes just how hard it is to become a Ranger and stay a Ranger. I was a mediocre Ranger and got hurt and sent down the road and there was no war(s) at the time. Even though I was in when it was easy, I can tell you that I never wondered if Ranger Jenkins was stretching the truth or trying to sell the reader on how awesome the Rangers are. He just lays it out there and the truth he shares is incredibly compelling.
I wish the book was longer. You probably will too.
This incredible book provides a rare, raw, honest look at the sacrifices made at home and across the world to defend our freedom. Thank you for sharing your experiences - the training, camaraderie, the good times, the mistakes, progress, the bad days and the horrors of being in a combat zone - all if it. Thank you.
When I think of the "problems" that so many of us claim on a daily basis - they are nowhere near the experiences of a bad day in the life of a Ranger or any of the other SF on the ground abroad. Every American should be truly humbled by the dedication of the men and women who serve this glorious country and on their knees in gratitude. So if you didn't feel that way before - read this and hopefully it'll provide some much needed perspective!!
As a proud granddaughter of 2 WWII Vets, friend of many OIF, OEF, and OND Vets and an avid supporter of WWP, I can't stress enough how important it is for us to do our part for our countrymen and countrywomen who laid their lives down, and give them the heroes welcome home and recognition they so, so badly deserve, provide them with proper care, benefits and employment opportunities that they boldly, bravely and selflessly fought for and are THE most deserving of!!!!