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The Fighting 69th

From Ground Zero to Baghdad

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One of the most celebrated units in the military for more than a century, by 1990, New York City's Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard was scarcely fit for duty. Its equipment was derelict, its discipline nonexistent, many of its leaders inept, and its ranks filled with kids barely out of high school who had little intention of serving their country for any longer than it took to get their paycheck, college credit, or job training. Then came the attacks of September 11 and the invasion of Iraq. In The Fighting 69th, Sean Michael Flynn, himself a member of the unit, chronicles the extraordinary transformation of this band of amateur soldiers into a battle-hardened troop at one of the most lethal sites of war.

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Nov 19, 2007 – Flynn (Land of Radioactive Midnight) draws on his experience as a company commander with the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard—the “Fighting 69th” of Civil War, WWI and WWII fame—for this riveting account of the unit's service following 9/11. Considered “the worst unit in the National Guard,” at the turn of the 21st century, according to Flynn, the 69th was “under-trained, under-resourced, and under-led.” Activated on 9/11, its soldiers were the first to arrive at ground zero, and then guarded New York City's bridges and tunnels and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In 2004, after retraining, the unit was flagged “Task Force Wolfhound” and certified for overseas deployment, but was “barely functional in the field.” In Iraq, the 69th provided route security along a six-mile stretch known as “'The Most Dangerous Road in the World,'” the main highway between the airport and downtown Baghdad. Learning on the job, the 69th “effectively neutralized” the roadside bomb threat that has caused a high percentage of the war's casualties, but paid a heavy price in its own killed and injured. Drawing on combat journals, operations orders and interviews with survivors, Flynn fashions a tale equal to the making of the new, contemporary heroes of the Fighting 69th who, against all odds, restored a previously distinguished unit to its former glory.

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The Fighting 69th
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Dec 27, 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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