Joker One

Joker One

A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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After graduating from Princeton, Donovan Campbell, motivated by his unwavering patriotism and commitment, decided to join the service, realizing that becoming a Marine officer would allow him to give back to his country, engage in the world, and learn to lead. In this immediate, thrilling, and inspiring memoir, Campbell recounts a timeless and transcendent tale of brotherhood, courage, and sacrifice. As commander of a forty-man infantry platoon called Joker One, Campbell had just months to train and transform a ragtag group of brand-new Marines into a first-rate cohesive fighting unit, men who would become his family: Sergeant Leza, the house intellectual who read Che Guevara; Sergeant Mariano Noriel, the "Filipino ball of fire" who would become Campbell's closest confidant and friend; Lance Corporal William Feldmeir, a narcoleptic who fell asleep during batt≤ and a lieutenant known simply as "the Ox," whose stubborn aggressiveness would be more curse than blessing. Campbell and his men were assigned to Ramadi, that capital of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province that was an explosion just waiting to happen. And when it did happen--with the chilling cries of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret--Campbell and company were there to protect the innocent, battle the insurgents, and pick up the pieces. After seven months of day-to-day, house-to-house combat, nearly half of Campbell's platoon had been wounded, a casualty rate that went beyond that of any Marine or Army unit since Vietnam. Yet unlike Fallujah, Ramadi never fell to the enemy. Told by the man who led the unit of hard-pressed Marines,Joker Oneis a gripping tale of a leadership, loyalty, faith, and camaraderie throughout the best and worst of times. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067732
Branch Call Number: 956.70443
Characteristics: xi, 313 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Feb 02, 2018

Saddle up and come along on a Tour of duty in a very unfriendly place, the Heat,the Dust, and an Elusive enemy,. Who is using civilians as a Shield and IEDs(improvised explosive device) and RPGs(rocket propelled grenade)as a means to kill you. All the while living with the Day to Day trials and tribulations of responsibility to keep yourself and your men alive. You are here to help a Citizenry that did not exactly welcome you with open arms. Your primary mission is to hunt down and "Kill the Bad Guys" who are not readily identifiable.This is a first person view into the world of being a platoon commander in this environment. Meet the Individuals who become members of a Team. The Team of 1st Platoon,Golf Company,2nd Battalion,4th Marines. Radio call sign Joker One. Semper Fi ! Sgt of U.S.Marines long ago.


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