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Old 04-11-2012, 03:35 PM   #21
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Gasp, I saw you are already reading "American Sniper"....great book.

"Lone Survivor" written by Marcus Luttrel. He is the only survivor of Operation Red Wings, Afghanistan 2005. A 4 member SEAL team was attacked by an estimated 200 Taliban in the Hindu Kush mountains. (there were at least 80 Taliban KIA)

"SEAL of HONOR", I don't remember the author. The story of Lt. Michael P. Murphy USN. Lt. Murphy was awarded the Cong. Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Red Wings in 2005. This book actually brought tears to my eyes.

"With the Old Bread", by E.B. Sledge. Sledge was a Marine Corp infantryman who made beach landings at Peleiu Lu (Sp?) and Okinawa in the latter part of WWII.
Is Lt Murphy the one that had a black lab that layed by his casket during his funeral?

Do you remember the Seal team members that went down in the helicopter crash last August? One of them, Nick Spehar, was from the small town I work in. I had the honor of leading the procession escorting his body from the county line to the funeral home. The roads were lined with people. They had signs, flags, etc. Honestly, I get goose bumps writing about it now. It was incredible.
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Is Lt Murphy the one that had a black lab that layed by his casket during his funeral?

Do you remember the Seal team members that went down in the helicopter crash last August? One of them, Nick Spehar, was from the small town I work in. I had the honor of leading the procession escorting his body from the county line to the funeral home. The roads were lined with people. They had signs, flags, etc. Honestly, I get goose bumps writing about it now. It was incredible.
I recall seeing the photos of the dog next to a fallen hero's casket, but I don't think that was Lt. Murphy.

I am just now starting to read, "In The Company of Hero's" by Michael J. Durant CWO4. It is the true account of the incident that they made the movie "BlackHawk Down" about. I'm reading this against the advice of my brother. We are both very patriotic and he says this book will just "piss me off". The movie did so I assume the book will too. I'll read it anyway. It involves the lives of true American Hero's and their story should be known.
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I recall seeing the photos of the dog next to a fallen hero's casket, but I don't think that was Lt. Murphy.

I am just now starting to read, "In The Company of Hero's" by Michael J. Durant CWO4. It is the true account of the incident that they made the movie "BlackHawk Down" about. I'm reading this against the advice of my brother. We are both very patriotic and he says this book will just "piss me off". The movie did so I assume the book will too. I'll read it anyway. It involves the lives of true American Hero's and their story should be known.

I understand. I read "The Hanoi Hilton" when I was 15 years old..... some, 24 years ago. Shortly after that, I got a POW/MIA bracelet that I still wear to this day. Only time I ever took it off was 1 day at boot camp, then they gave it back to me.
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Cool, I love that stuff. Last year, I watched a lecture series on DVD called 'Battles of the Ancient World.' It was really good. For example: if I remember this right, in the archaeological digs for the Teutonberg forest (?), the battle where three imperial legions got wiped out, they found bronze cow bells that had the remains of plants in. They had silenced the movement of the cattle by stuffing the bells with grass.

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If you like roman history in general, you might like Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars, which has all the groovy ones in, like Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero etc.
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Cool, I love that stuff. Last year, I watched a lecture series on DVD called 'Battles of the Ancient World.' It was really good. For example: if I remember this right, in the archaeological digs for the Teutonberg forest (?), the battle where three imperial legions got wiped out, they found bronze cow bells that had the remains of plants in. They had silenced the movement of the cattle by stuffing the bells with grass.

Less cowbell!

If you like roman history in general, you might like Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars, which has all the groovy ones in, like Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero etc.
Yes, the Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald was a great example of brilliant military tactics in ancient times.

I'm big on history in general. I used to read history books for fun when I was a kid, especially anything about knights and ancient battles. You'd be surprised at how adept our ancestors were at warfare; and how impressive some of their feats of strength were.

I'll check out that title in the future, thanks!
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Yes, the Schlacht im Teutoburger Wald was a great example of brilliant military tactics in ancient times.

I'm big on history in general. I used to read history books for fun when I was a kid, especially anything about knights and ancient battles. You'd be surprised at how adept our ancestors were at warfare; and how impressive some of their feats of strength were.

I'll check out that title in the future, thanks!
Ah, now, if you like history in general then I've got a few more for you:

1. John Julian Norwich - Byzantium (can't remember the precise title - there are three in the series). Beautifully written history of the Eastern Roman Empire from the third-fifteenth century.

2. Robert Graves - Count Belisarius. I read this historical novel after the Norwich books. The tragic tale of Byzantium's most brilliant and daring general.

3. Xenophon - March of the Ten Thousand (Anabasis). Xenophon's own account of how he marched his comparatively small army hundreds of miles into hostile Persian territory, hammered the Perisans, and then marched back out again.

4. Robert K. Massie - Peter the Great - His Life and World. Just one of the most interesting books I've ever read, about the remarkable figure who dragged Mother Russia kicking and screaming out of the dark ages.
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