Into The Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War

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Random House, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 239 pages
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In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out one hundred men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades. Meyer stood in the gun turret exposed to withering fire, rallying Afghan troops to follow. Over the course of the five hours, he charged into the valley time and again. Employing a variety of machine guns, Meyer repulsed enemy attackers, carried wounded Afghan soldiers to safety, and provided cover for dozens of others to escape. In the end, Meyer and four stalwart comrades cleared the battlefield and came to grips with a tragedy they knew could have been avoided. 'Into the Fire' tells the full story of the chaotic battle of Ganjigal in a human way that aims to reveal it as a microcosm of recent wars.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

INTO THE FIRE, by Dakota Meyer and Bing West, while certainly well-written and meticulously documented, in the end failed to really engage me as a reader. There are two reasons for this. One is that ... Read full review

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

Dakota Meyer is one of only three Medal of Honor recipients of the Afghanistan War who lived to receive the award. Bing West has already told the dramatic story of the ambush at Ganjgal in 2009 in his ... Read full review


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The Marine Years
Coming Together
Into the Valley
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Ganjigal Ambush
Meyer Swarmed During Medevac
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Dakota Meyer was born and raised in Columbia, Kentucky, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006. A school-trained sniper and highly skilled infantryman, Corporal Meyer deployed to Iraq in 2007 and to Afghanistan in 2009. In 2011, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his unyielding courage in the battle of Ganjigal. He now competes at charity events in skeet and rifle competitions. He also speaks frequently at schools and veterans' events to raise awareness of our military and remains dedicated to the causes of our veterans. For the families of fallen troops, he has raised over one million dollars.

Bing West, a Marine combat veteran, served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration. He has been on hundreds of patrols in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A nationally acclaimed war correspondent, he is the author of The Village; No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah; The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics, and the Endgame in Iraq; and The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, West has received the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation award, the Colby Award for military nonfiction, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, and the Marine Corps University Foundation's Russell Leadership Award. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Newport, Rhode Island.

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