Skip to comments.Iraq Chronicle - Book on Tour in Iraq 2004-2005
Posted on 11/19/2012 6:44:45 PM PST by BeAllYouCanBe
Freeper friends and Vets can you please distribute to others that would be interested reading a great book about a tour in Iraq? Plus help out a retired Vet who deserves credit for his service. This is written by a true hero and if you see some of the details you will agree. I served with the author in Soc Trang Republic of Vietnam he was a helicopter engine mechanic in 1967-1969. He returned to Iraq to serve a year tour 2004-2005 as he was approaching the age of 56 as a platoon sergeant of combat medics. This book deserves to have a wide distribution and the story is touching.
Below are 3 links at the bottom of the page to purchase a book I have just read that I highly recommend.
Biography: About the Author Jeff Dahlin was born in Chicago in 1948. His family moved to Tennessee in 1949 and then to Lisle Illinois, a suburb of Chicago in 1954. Dismissed from high school in 1963, the family moved to Oak Park Illinois, where he graduated high school in 1966.Dahlin joined the Army in 1967 and was sent to Vietnam in September 1967 serving until August 1969. He enrolled in college on the GI bill but left school a year and a half later to hitchhike across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America for six years. Working a variety of dead end jobs he settled in Polk County, Tennessee in 1977 and took up a career as a white water river guide.Dahlin joined the National Guard in 1990 and retired as a master sergeant in 2008. He is married and has a daughter in college.
About the book: Jeff Dahlin wrote Iraq Chronicle while he served as a medical platoon sergeant with l battalion 278 Regimental Combat Team. Beginning with departing from Tennessee with the cheers from hundreds of roadside onlookers to arriving in the sweltering humidity of southern Mississippi for training, Dahlin introduces members of his platoon and as training continues, witnesses the transformation of weekend warriors to full time professional soldiers. Training cumulates at the national training center in southern California with a simulated attack on an Iraqi village followed up by a fruit loop race in a rain swollen ditch during a freak desert storm. Tensions within the platoon begin to arise when the regiment is shipped to Kuwait to prepare for a road march into Iraq. Long lines and a shortage of ammunition, sand storms and civilian contractors add to the stress. Scrap metal salvaged from a landfill to provide Hillbilly Armor, for the units vehicles was responsible for the Defense Secretarys statement that, You go to war with the Army you have not the Army you want. Entering Iraq, Dahlin presents vivid first impressions of an alien land and culture. A welcome to Iraq roadside bomb hit his convoy only two miles from its destination FOB (forward operating base) Caldwell in Diyala Province. Recounting mounted and foot patrols from a medics point of view, he gives a unique prospective of infantry operations. A night ambush gone bad or Iraqi civilians pleading for medical attention; Dahlins account is funny, sad, intriguing and doggedly brings into focus the ongoing tragedy in Iraq.
Sounds like a good read, will order.
I reposted on Facebook, the Amazon link, good luck
What happened to the army of one?
That didn’t all that long and they came out with “Army Strong.” It had been “Army Strong” for awhile....I think it still is.
Geron, thanks so much for posting this to Facebook. I don’t really know how to navigate that social media site I am stuck in the past with FreeRepublic. My daughter (age 33) has told me that she no longer checks e-mail just Facebook. I probably need to get with-it but seriously feel socially akward. What I am saying is that I don’t know what to post. Do I say’ “woke up this morning and had a sausage and cheese burito”? I read things like, “ I just hit Target and on my way to Kroger”. Are these trivial posts what I should be doing? Also, if someone posts that they like the president to I post that they are dummies? This election cycle I have about 50/50 Obama and Romney supporters with the “Like” at the post. Oh well, just getting old and antique.
I felt old and antique when I was 20, lol
As you have probably heard that Al Gore invented the internet. That is not true because my wife invented the internet. In 1973 she worked on the ARPA Net that was the original Defense Department attempt at a WWW. I would have never guessed that it would evolve or “devolve” as you may pick which one best suits where we are in 2012.
Just like Television the WWW has grown to now we have a billion things for people to just “hang out” on-line.