My Last War: A Vietnam Veteran’S Tour in Iraq

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iUniverse, 1 okt. 2009 - 308 pagina's
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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 2 Forging the Sword
6
Chapter 3 The Insurgent Enemy
18
Chapter 4 The New Road Warriors
24
Chapter 5 The First Mission
34
Chapter 6 Blood in the Sand
44
Chapter 7 Its All About the Odds
52
Chapter 8 The Streets of Baghdad
64
Chapter 9 To Protect Serve and Defend
78
Chapter 17 Iraqis Take the Reins
188
Chapter 18 Journey to Babylon
202
Chapter 19 Flight to Kurdistan
210
Chapter 20 To Lead or Not to Lead
216
Chapter 21 Eighty Days to Go
220
Chapter 22 Close Calls Get Closer
228
Chapter 23 The Gold Convoy
242
Chapter 24 Rockets Mortars and Hurricanes
252

Chapter 10 The Baghdad Sting
92
Chapter 11 To Face the Elephant
100
Chapter 12 The Rise of the Mahdi Army
110
Chapter 13 Cant We Just Get Along?
128
Chapter 14 Arabs Infidels
140
Chapter 15 The Cradle of Civilization
166
Chapter 16 The American Spirit
176
Chapter 25 Farewell to Baghdad
262
Chapter 26 Homecoming
272
Chapter 27 Letting Go of the Sword
276
Epilogue
280
GlossaryMilitary Acronyms
284
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2009)

Charles M. (Chuck) Grist is an Army veteran of both Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Army Reserve in 2009 and as a police officer in 2010. He earned his BA in Communication from the University of Central Florida. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Central Florida where they are the parents of four and the grandparents of five.

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