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The Poor Bastard's Club: The U.S. Army in Afghanistan Paperback – October 13, 2010

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Paul Mehlos is a Lieutenant/Paramedic in the South Walton Fire Department on the Gulf coast of Florida. He spent twelve years in the infantry both active and National Guard. He was deployed in South Korea in 1984 then in Afghanistan in 2005. He was awarded the Bronze star, the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Afghanistan and Korea Campaign medals. He saw action in one of the most volatile areas in Afghanistan, the Sangin Valley in Helmand Province.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453720456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453720455
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,829,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tim on November 21, 2010
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This book is an extremely rare look into what actually happens when military men are sent to provide "security" in foreign lands. You get to be part of the experience, not only what happens on the outside but what goes on in a soldiers mind. It is not watered down, edited for publication or a politically correct rendition of the glory of war. It shows the disconnect of political ideals to real world conditions. It allows the reader to understand what it's like to live in a dirty, desolate, foresaken region of the world and to never be thanked for their sacrifices. SSG Mehlos hits the nail right on the head when he says you become closer to people under battle conditions than you do to your own family. If you want to know why you can sit at home, watch cable and eat ice cream whenever you want, thank a military member and read this book.
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This is a book that every American needs to read, to understand what our Men and Women in uniform have gone through in the war against Terrorism. The Author, SSG Paul Mehlos describes in detail the landscape of a dying country so well, you can taste the dust he speaks of as well as see what he has seen. I was saddened at times and other times he had me laughing. He has a way with words that takes you right into the battle and I could almost smell the smoke of the guns they were firing to save their own lives and the lives of countless others. May God Bless all of our Soldiers fighting to keep us safe from these Murderers! Thank you SSG Paul Mehlos for this glimpse into the unknown, for countless acts of Heroism, and for writing it down and passing it along for all to read, because most of us do not fully understand the undertakings of the Military, nor what they go through on a day to day basis.
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Thrilling, scary, funny, enlightening, sad, thought provoking emotional ride. Well done cousin. I'm sure your brothers are proud. Finished it in a day! The sand and grit brings back memories from Mog and makes me want to brush my teeth and think of the children living in squallor. Welcome home and thanks for myself and the rest of the country for your service.
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This was an excellent book. I would recommend this for any reader who wants to know what is actually going on overseas. Paul is a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO"!! Thank you for your service and the reading!!
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By booky on November 27, 2010
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A raw look at war especially for a civilian. Thank you SSG Mehlos for your service and this book
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