The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad

The Fighting th One Remarkable National Guard Unit s Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad How a ragtag National Guard unit found itself thrust into the War on Terror and triumphed against impossible odds On the eve of September New York City s famous National Guard regiment the

  • Title: The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad
  • Author: Sean Michael Flynn
  • ISBN: 9780670018437
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How a ragtag National Guard unit found itself thrust into the War on Terror and triumphed against impossible odds On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City s famous National Guard regiment, the Fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience and no intention of serving their country any longerHow a ragtag National Guard unit found itself thrust into the War on Terror and triumphed against impossible odds On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City s famous National Guard regiment, the Fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience and no intention of serving their country any longer than it took to get a paycheck or college credit Once a respected all Irish outfit, the 69th was now a Technicolor mix of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, African Americans, Russians, Poles, Koreans, Chinese, and a few token Irish Americans Their uniforms were incomplete and their equipment was downright derelict The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable But that is exactly what happened With a charismatic mix of irreverent humor and eye opening honesty, Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle hardened troop at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad the notorious Airport Road, a blood soaked strand that grabbed headlines and became a bellwether for progress in postinvasion Iraq At home on the concrete and asphalt like no other unit in the U.S Army, Gotham s Fighting 69th finally brings its own rough justice to this lawless precinct by ignoring army discipline and turning to the street fighting tactics they grew up with and know best The Fighting 69th is than a story about the impact of terrorism, the war on Iraq, or the current administration s failures It is the story of how regular citizens come to grips with challenges far starker than what they have been prepared for Flynn s dark humor, empathy, and candor make for a fresh look at who our soldiers are and what they do when faced with their toughest challenges.

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    1. I had hear a bit about this National Guard Unit and wanted to know more since I thought the guard was only used to protect here at home and were not sent into the heat of the battle. These "soldiers", many of whom did not have much formal training and at the beginning lacked any decent equipment were called up and served with honor. They made the ultimate sacrifice and suffered as they saw their brothers blown apart and killed. The book did a good job of explaining what was happening behind the [...]


    2. Sean Michael Flynn tells an important story, and tells it well. Yes, as it promises, it lets the reader walk with New York men who grow from restlessness and discontent into courageous purpose after witnessing the deliberate act of savagery against the people of their city on September 11, 2001. The men belong to the New York National Guard unit descended from the famous 69th New York Militia of Irish immigrants who had fought with astonishing bravery under the leadership of Union General Thomas [...]


    3. Fascinating look at Manhattan's once feckless National Guard unit, and how it gets itself in order to fight in the Middle East after Sept. 11. Author Flynn tells the story through a small group of soldiers, including the intrepid Lt. Colonel Geoffrey Slack, and cantankerous Jay Olmo, as they struggle to shift Rte. Irish in Baghdad away from its "most dangerous road in the world" perch. Flynn also takes a look at the unit's Irish background, and how it pushed to keep its culture in place as the g [...]


    4. This book left me eternally grateful to have joined the Marine Corps. If you are going to do something as dangerous as invade/occupy a hostile foreign nation, do it with people who fight wars as their job. The Minuteman is a fine concept and a glorious last line of defense, but when people are trying to kill me, I’ll take my chances with the Marines.This covers a once-proud National Guard unit, the fighting 69th- so named by none other than Robert E. Lee, the night before he faced them (again) [...]


    5. First National Guard related book. I did not know much about the National Guard until I read this and had some enlightenment. The Fighting 69th is the story of a rag-tagged New York Army National Guard Unit that transformed from a laughing-stock of the army to a respected unit of full time soldiers. The finest hour of the 69th Infantry or repeatedly called as "Task Force Wolfhound (because of their mascot the Irish Wolfhound)" came on September 11,2001 and the baptism of fire in Iraq (notably in [...]


    6. The author's purpose of writing this book was to inform the world about the transformation and hard work it took to become the best U.S Army unit. He wanted to tell his story about how it was the worst military unit and then became the most patriotic and well respected unit. The author was apart of this group and wanted to tell his story of incredible patriotism. He saw the unit's low morale change to the top military unit.The theme of this book is truthfulness and hardship. The author told the [...]


    7. My niece Kristen gave me this book, Farley, her husband, had worked on some of the editing and promotion for the bookThe fighting 69th Infantry regiment of the army national guard was first formed during the civil war composed primarily of Irish immigrants and lead by General Meagher who had escaped imprisonment in Aulstralia for leading a revolt against the english, to arrive in New York to lead the Irish in battle. This Regiment has served in every war since.Fast forward to the 1990's.This nat [...]


    8. This book was great. I can understand how someone that doesn't know how to read military history can get caught up in all of the names, but guess what? there were over 300 men in this unit, so expect a lot of names. Read past them, and concentrate on the story as a whole. And there are character developments, even though they are not heeded because it is a real story, not some made up fair tale. Remember the CO sitting in his backyard on the the shore chain smoking camels as he contemplated his [...]


    9. Screw it, I'm done with this book. Can't finish it. It's just too poorly written. It's too bad, I picked it up because I heard an interview with the author that was interesting, but it's 300 pages of dull. The writer repeats himself a lot, which is frustrating, and he's decided to focus on not three or four main characters, but dozens who wander in and out of the book at will, not doing much then coming back three chapters later. I guess I can understand that he's trying to give readers a view o [...]


    10. This book was sensational. I flew trough the history of the 69th and picked its deployment starting with 9/11 and taking it through the deployment to Iraq. The story was fast paced and to the point. It kept me spellbound through its entirety and I enjoyed it immensely. I had trained soldiers from the 69th in the 1980s when I was on active duty in the US Army. I remember deploying to their armory and working with the Intelligence staff to train them on fighting a war in Europe. If we had only kno [...]


    11. My brother served with the National Guard in Iraq around the same time as the soldiers in this book, so it was really interesting for me to read. I also live a few blocks from the armory, which made it even more interesting and personal to me. I thought the book was well-written, conversational and journalistic.


    12. a really interesting book about one particular unit's struggle to reclaim it's history and training. fairly interesting writing, although a bit hard to follow at times. overall a very good book and a remarkable group of people.


    13. This is a difficult book to pull off and the author does pretty well with it. There's a rich history of the unit with which he prefaces the unit's Iraq war service. He's a little hit and miss on the personalities--some are richly drawn, others a tad sketchy.





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