Happy Monday to all! I hope the weekend was an enjoyable one for you. To start the week off right, I decided to go with a little different flavor. A bit of non-fiction, but something I found that was thought provoking, amazing, uplifting and patriotic:
None Left Behind by Charles W. Sasser .
It is the story of the 10th Mountain Division, known as the most deployed unit in the United States Army. The book details the assignment of Delta Company as it patrols the most dangerous sector of Iraq during the war around 2007. The sector was a five mile stretch of road in the “Triangle of Death”. Sasser writes as one soldier put it, “We don’t commute to work; it commutes to us.” Sasser’s book is a good history of the 10th and Fort Drum in general. His patriotism is evident in every page he writes.
I want to share with you one paragraph from his introduction: “I am an old Army veteran having served twenty-nine years (active and reserve), including a deployment as a Military Police First Sergeant during the 1991 Iraqi War and Operation Desert Storm. I thought I knew American soldiers, beginning with the Vietnam War era. What I encountered in the officers ands soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division reinforced my faith in America. If we can field such magnificent men as these in times of peril, then all is still well with the nation.”
None Left Behind is an amazing recounting of events that I am glad Sasser chose to tell. He goes about chronicling the life, times, struggles and victories of the 10th and Delta with a great deal of respect and honesty. As much respect and admiration I have for those I know that are serving or have served, this book has helped me take that to a new level. Non-Fiction not being my game, I am glad I gave this book a try. It is simply amazing. Try reading something different today. If you cannot get a hold of this book, try one of Sasser’s 37 other books, I don’t think you can miss.
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