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That being said, the book is interesting, and I enjoyed it. It was striking to me how similar to Vietnam this account was. While, the author didn't see as many enemy soldiers as his forbearers in Southeast Asia, they still lived with booby-traps, an enemy who didn't wear a uniform, a life on a base that had some creature comforts, but also a lack of AC and its share of critters.
While the author doesn't bring this up, it is so odd to me how our daily lives back here in the States went on with scarcely an interruption from the war in Iraq, while he and his comrades were sweating IEDs, losing friends, fighting camel spiders, sweltering in heat we Americans have no concept of, and trying to help an Iraqi people who, in many ways, were indifferent to his efforts. My heartfelt thanks to the author and his fellow Marines for their service. We, your countrymen, know so little of what you go through, yet owe you all a profound debt.
Thank you for your service, Outlaws!
Memoirs of an Outlaw kept me enamored for the two days it took me to read it through. Although I wouldn't wish an experience like this on anyone, I regretted that this story had to stop. Tanner's words and writing style can let you in but only for a glance, as to experience life in conflict with an LAR unit can only happen one way; live with them in conflict.
Every conflict is special, relative, and an experience only to be rated by those within. And though everyone has a story to be told, not many find it to be in print. I am grateful Tanner found a way to get this on paper and out to publish, as my experiences with a sister unit before the War on Terrorism began has similar flavor and notes.
Give this a shot, and let your heart flinch at the emotion that most say Marines are incapable of producing.
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I have a friend who served with a reserve LAV unit.