My Last War: A Vietnam Veteran’S Tour in Iraq
iUniverse, 1 okt. 2009 - 308 pagina's
Charles M. Grist is one of the few Vietnam veterans to have served as an enlisted soldier in the Iraq war. In 2004, he volunteered to be the sergeant-in-charge of the Protective Service Detail for an Army Reserve general in Baghdad.
Grist and his unit, the C.O.B.R.A. Team, were based inside Baghdads Green Zone, but their travels with the general led them along the deadly roads of Baghdad, to the throne of Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon, and through the picturesque hills of Kurdistan. It was a fast-paced life of high adventure, filled with convoys, mortar or rocket attacks, and the constant threats of ambushes or improvised explosive devices.
As a Vietnam veteran, Grist knew that Operation Iraqi Freedom would be his last war. He used his daily journal to record his team's wartime experiences, to document the events that shaped Iraq in 2004, and to preserve the heroic deeds of some of the Army Reserve and National Guard warrior-citizens with whom he served. That journal became the basis for this book.
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Chapter 3 The Insurgent Enemy
Chapter 4 The New Road Warriors
Chapter 5 The First Mission
Chapter 6 Blood in the Sand
Chapter 7 Its All About the Odds
Chapter 8 The Streets of Baghdad
Chapter 9 To Protect Serve and Defend
Chapter 17 Iraqis Take the Reins
Chapter 18 Journey to Babylon
Chapter 19 Flight to Kurdistan
Chapter 20 To Lead or Not to Lead
Chapter 21 Eighty Days to Go
Chapter 22 Close Calls Get Closer
Chapter 23 The Gold Convoy
Chapter 24 Rockets Mortars and Hurricanes
Chapter 10 The Baghdad Sting
Chapter 11 To Face the Elephant
Chapter 12 The Rise of the Mahdi Army
Chapter 13 Cant We Just Get Along?
Chapter 14 Arabs Infidels
Chapter 15 The Cradle of Civilization
Chapter 16 The American Spirit
Chapter 25 Farewell to Baghdad
Chapter 26 Homecoming
Chapter 27 Letting Go of the Sword