They Fought for Each Other The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-15
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Based on #x1C;Blood Brothers,#x1C; the award-nominated series that ran inArmy Times, this is the remarkable story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed their lives to change Adhamiya, Iraq from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a safe and secure neighborhood. Army Timeswriter Kelly Kennedy was embedded with Charlie Company in 2007, went on patrol with the soldiers and spent hours in combat support hospitals, leading to this riveting chronicle of an Army battalion that lost 31 soldiers in Iraq. During that period, one soldier threw himself on a grenade to save his friends, a well-liked first sergeant shot himself to death in front of his troops, and a platoon staged a mutiny. The men of Charlie 1-26 would earn at least 95 combat awards, including one soldier who would go home with three Purple Hearts and a lost dream. This is a timeless story of men at war and a heartbreaking account of American sacrifice in Iraq.

Author Biography

Kelly Kennedy served as a soldier in Desert Storm and Mogadishu, Somalia. She has written for The Salt Lake Tribune, The Oregonian, the Chicago Tribune, and Army Times. She works for USA Today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Second Platoon Meets Adhamiyap. 1
Adhamiya Moves from Acceptance to Hatredp. 8
Charlie Company Learns to Fight the Insurgentsp. 15
Charlie Company Faces Its First Lossesp. 42
The Commander's Wife Handles Adhamiya's Deaths at Homep. 66
Top Keeps Morale High in Hellp. 73
Ladue Earns Three Purple Hearts in Two Monthsp. 85
McGinnis Earns a Medal of Honorp. 100
The Mission Continues at Homep. 114
Charlie Company Tries to Play Nice with the Neighborsp. 127
Charlie Company Continues the Battle, but Faces More Deathp. 142
A Change of Command Brings a Taste of Progressp. 162
Charlie Company's Leaders Look for Signs of Combat Stressp. 168
Charlie Company's Mission Changesp. 180
Adhamiya Becomes a Gated Communityp. 189
Charlie Company Beats Down Flames with Friendshipp. 194
Alpha Company Moves to Old Modp. 207
Charlie Company Senses a Storm and Tries to Remain Calmp. 217
Charlie Company Faces Its Worst Dayp. 232
Charlie Company Pulls Back, but Seethesp. 246
A First Sergeant Breaks Downp. 253
Charlie Company Responds to Alpha's Catastrophic Lossp. 264
Charlie Company Mutinies and Is Torn Apartp. 267
The Battalion Faces Its Last Casualtyp. 277
Charlie Company Works Toward Healingp. 281
Charlie Company Goes Homep. 292
Afterwardp. 319
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