Red Platoon Audiobook Summary
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the thirteen 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 Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. 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 14-hour battle– and eventual victory– cost 8 men their lives.
Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
Includes original songs “Red Platoon” and “Remember the Fallen”
Songs performed by Michael Connors. ℗2016 Michael Connors Music.
‘Red Platoon’ words and music by Jim Kinsey, Michael Connors, Clint Romesha, Mike Hartnett and James Breedwell © 2016 All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
‘Remember The Fallen’ words and music by Michael Connors, Jim Kinsey, Billy Dawson and Mike Hartnett © 2016 All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Executive Producer, Nemo Arms.
Romesha was born on August 17, 1981 in Lake City, California, to a family with a strong military background. His maternal grandfather, Aury Smith, is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of Normandy. Romesha grew up in Lake City, where he developed an avid love of ice hockey. His father is a Vietnam War veteran who later became a church leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Romesha is the fourth of five siblings, including two brothers who also joined the military. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and attended seminary for four years during high school but ultimately decided not to become a missionary for the church as his family had hoped he would. In 1999, Romesha graduated from Surprise Valley High School in Cedarville, California.
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I believe EVERYONE needs to watch Taking Chance, Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, Saving Private Ryan . . . . and read Matterhorn and Red Platoon. No war or Police Action is understood well except those who have been there. My father’s war was centered around a submarine on combat patrols in the Pacific. He remains a charter member of Brokaw’s Greatest Generation, and he came home to bands, parades and kisses in Central Park. My war was the unsavory, unpopular, smelly, manipulative, cluster%$#@& of a domino chain in Vietnam. Clinton Romesha was thrust in to an epic battle with a unit that came together when they needed to in order to survive. What separates this work from others is that Mr Romesha does not focus on his Medal of Honor awarded to him for this action, rather the acts of many . . . . and the ultimate sacrifice of 8 comrades in arms played out in an unbelievably vicious and hard fought engagement.
I came upon this book as as a result of watching a NETFLIX documentary on several recipients of the Medal of Honor over the last century. Romesha was one of the men highlighted in the film, and he talked about his need for Catharsis which he realized could only come about by removing much of the burden he carried, and placing it on our shoulders too. He knew at his core, as you the reader/listener will also discover, that the medal belonged to the unit both those who lived and those who died. As I mentioned in my header, non-combatants should read this . . . not because I judge you or think of you in a negative way, rather because it is such a rare window to the absolute truth of what up close and personal combat is. Well, at least insofar as mere words can convey.
In this exceptional true story, you will meet all kinds of people. Clint takes much time and deliberation in character development, for which I am appreciative. Please take a few hours to get to know some of our finest who continue to man a post for you and me.
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Romesha married his wife Tamara on February 13, 2000. They met in junior high school and began dating several years later. Due to his military service, the couple spent about 10 years apart from each other. The couple have three children: Dessi, Gwen, and Colin. Friends describe Romesha as having a sense of humor and being “intense, short and wiry.” As of May 2016 the Romeshas live in Minot, North Dakota.
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