Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 12, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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The gripping memoir of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald

As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost twenty-five years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable.

From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the reader in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.

 

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Contents

Title Page Copyright Notice Dedication Authors Note
Who I
Getting Under
Emergence of an Amphibian
A Higher Calling
Anchors Aweigh
BUDSJust the Basics
Breakout
Returning Home
Finding Peace
Adrift
Darkness and Light
A Cross to Bear
Return to Faith
Trident
A Common Bond

The Teams
Desert Storm
Evacuation
Metamorphosis
Teammate Mentor Friend
Arrival in Afghanistan
Battle of Khand Pass
15
Return to Battle
Criminal Encounter
Coming Home
Brutal Honesty
The Decision
Time to Say Goodbye
The Association
Close
Acknowledgments
A Personal Appeal About the Authors Copyright
Copyright

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MARK L. DONALD, the son of a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer and a Mexican mother, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps before transferring to the Navy to train as a Corpsman. He subsequently completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and served in SEALs until 1996 when he was selected for the Intra-service Physician Assistant Program. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and was commissioned a Medical Service Corps officer. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was assigned as operational medical support to special operations where he served in a number of capacities until his retirement. Donald was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest medal awarded by the Department of the Navy, for extraordinary heroism while engaged in enemy action against Al Qaeda fighters in southern Afghanistan. He lives in Chesapeake, Virginia.
SCOTT MACTAVISH is an author, filmmaker and veteran of the United States Navy. He does volunteer work for the Navy SEAL Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Team for the I:68 Foundation, a national non-profit organization that provides monetary relief to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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