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Memorial Weekend Five

With Memorial Day Weekend upon us and in Wanks’ absence… the Five will honor our war vets by highlighting their stories. What are your favorite military books or just even make suggestions for books about American military history, memoirs, etc.?

In no particular order…

1. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
by Eugene Sledge

2. Patton: Ordeal and Triumph
by Ladislas Farago — the source book for the biopic.

3. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell

4. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman — about the cost of killing and seeing one’s comrades killed

5. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: 1965-1973 – A Prisoner of War
by Howard Rutledge. Riveting memoir of 8 years of hell and redemption by Rutledge.

8 comments to Memorial Weekend Five

  • Scott M.

    I’ll offer up “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.It’s about Louis Zamporini,a punk from Torrance,CA who became a world class runner(he was at the Berlin Olympics in 1936).He joined the Army Air Forces and crashed in the Pacific in 1943….oh,hell,just read it,and you will thank me!

  • CW2 by Layne Heath A book about helicopter pilots in Vietnam particularly Warrant Officers. Written by a former Warrant Officer, it distills the essence of what it means to be a CW2. Great book, it’s fiction but it’s not.

    When Thunder Rolled by Ed Rasimus Ed’s story about what it was like to be an F-105 pilot flying over North Vietnam when the odds of surviving weren’t all that great.

    Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose The book is as good as the series.

    House to House by David Bellavia David was a platoon sergeant during the fighting in Fallujah earned a Silver Star and was nominated for the Medal of Honor. If you read the book you’ll know why. Why he didn’t receive it is one of the great mysteries of the war.

    Hunter Killer Squadron by Matthew Brennan 1-9 Cavalry (1st of the 9th…Air Cav) killed half of all the enemy encountered by the 1st Cav Division during the Vietnam War, this book tells how and why.

  • Matt Helm

    Men at War edited by Ernest Hemingway

    The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers by John C. Waugh

    Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters and Cole C. Kingseed

    The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII’s Most Decorated Platoon by Alex Kershaw

    Jefferson’s War: America’s First War on Terror 1801-1805 by Joseph Wheelan

  • Jim Ott

    We Were Soldiers Once….and Young (great story of an early Viet Nam battle, and the basis for Gibson’s movie.)

    Blackhawk Down (that rarity of a really good book preceding a really good movie.)

    Heart of a Soldier (bio of a warrior who was a great leader in the first book above, and who died as a hero on 9/11)

    • Thanks for commenting Jim… welcome to Threedonia! BH Down is a great book. I’ve got We Were Soldiers in my book list and I’ll check out the other one.

  • Excellent suggestions, all. I would’ve also said BoB & Blackhawk Down. Am planning to read Jake Tapper’s The Outpost this summer, too.

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