Red Platoon: a true story of American valor

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke." In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. "A vitally important story that needs to be understood by the public, and I cannot imagine an account that does it better justice that Romesha's."—Sebastian Junger, journalist and author of The Perfect Storm"Red Platoon is sure to become a classic of the genre."—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice
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The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen-hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.


"'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke."

In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost eight men their lives.

Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
"A vitally important story that needs to be understood by the public, and I cannot imagine an account that does it better justice that Romesha's."—Sebastian Junger, journalist and author of The Perfect Storm
"Red Platoon is sure to become a classic of the genre."—Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice
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subject_facetAfghan War, 2001- -- Regimental histories -- United States
Combat Outpost Keating (Afghanistan)
Courage -- Afghanistan
Heroes -- United States -- Biography
Kamdesh, Battle of, Afghanistan, 2009 -- Personal narratives, American
Medal of Honor -- Biography
Romesha, Clinton
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography
title_displayRed Platoon : a true story of American valor
title_fullRed Platoon : a true story of American valor / Clinton Romesha, Medal of honor recipient
Red Platoon A True Story of American Valor
title_shortRed Platoon
title_suba true story of American valor
topic_facetAfghan War, 2001-
Biography & Autobiography
Courage
Heroes
History
Kamdesh, Battle of, Afghanistan, 2009
Medal of Honor
Military
Nonfiction
Regimental histories
Romesha, Clinton
Soldiers