As far as I am concerned, there should be some kind of biography written about all of our Medal of Honor recipients. Mr. Clinton Romesha is one such recipient. And he has taken it upon himself to write his own biography of his military career in Afghanistan. That is excellent. We are proud of him and eager to hear his story.
This novel is extreemly well written. After a few chapters I decided to check out the author and co-authors. So I did a little research on the web. And there is a lot of info on this hero. Since Clinton is an Army Calvery Seargent and not an author by training, I figured he must have had some most excellant assistance. Imagine my surprise when I could not find any such writing assistance. That means that this work is an auto-biography of the first order.
As I said, this novel is an excellant read. Captivating and engaging. Very hard to put done once you start reading it.
But one thing that really stood out was the tactical idiocy of the base (Combat Outpost Keeting) that Mr. Romesha was charged with defending. Here are some of his own quotes from the book. "The location the analyst selected was unacceptable by almost any yardstick you'd care to measure it with." "In short the site was remote, isolated, virtually impossible to supply, and so breathtakeingly open to plunging fire that massive amounts of artillery and airpower would be required to defend it." "Those flaws were so glaringly evident that the young specilist who was ordered to draw up the initial plans dubbed it 'Cluster'."
Apparently the Taliban agreed with these sentiments. The enemy launched an all out offensive against Keeting with overwhelming tactical superiority. The result was that eight of Mr. Romesha's collegues were killed. It is a bit of a miracle that the entire outpost wasn't anhialated.
The defense of Keating was so horific, that the Army launched an investigation into the battle. This effort was led by an Army Major General. The investigation issued a report and concluded that a Captain bore the greatest responsibility for what went wrong, since he was the commander and senior officer of Keating during the period of the attack. This sounds a little to convenient. How can a lowly Captain be most culpable? How about his commanding officers? Did they provide proper oversight? How about the actual creation of Keating? How was responsible for that fiasco? I would like to see a Cingressional investigation into this matter.
Clinton was awarded the Medal of Honor because he refused to admit defeat and insisted on taking the fight to the enemy no matter what. He constantly subjected himself to Taliban fire in the effert to defend the base at all costs.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Romesha continues his writing career. I do not care what genra he picks. I will eagerly check them out. The effort and success that he has achieved in the Army and with this first work, speaks volumes as too his future works.
May the good Lord bless him and his family.