What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It

"A visceral account of the conflict . . . sincere, agenda-free, and chilling." -New York instances e-book Review

The Iraq battle formally begun on March 20, 2003, and because then a couple of million younger american citizens have circled in the course of the country's insurgent-infested sizzling spots. yet even supposing tales of dramatic ambushes and assaults dominate front pages of newspapers, so much folks don't really comprehend what the battle is like for the americans who struggle it.

What was once requested of Us is helping us bridge that hole. The in-depth and extremely probing interviews this ebook brings jointly record the warriors' reports and darkest secrets and techniques, providing a mess of genuine, unfiltered voices - now and then uncooked and emotional, at different instances eloquent and lyrical. those voices stroll us during the conflict, from the winning push to Baghdad, throughout the inaccurate "Mission finished" second, and into the damaging, murky present.

"Monumental. . . . Amid the glut of coverage debates, and amid the flurry of stories stories that upload names every day to the lists of the useless, Trish wooden has produced what's maybe, to this point, the one textual content approximately Iraq that matter."- San Francisco Chronicle

"An illuminating glimpse of yankee combatants' stories in Iraq. . . . There are moments of wierd good looks within the infantrymen' recollections." -Chicago Tribune

"Stunning . . . chillingly eloquent. . . . strong and unflinchingly sincere, Wood's ebook merits to be a bestseller." -People

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Killed in motion” PAUL RODRIGUEZ military health facility CORPSMAN MAY-OCTOBER 2004 FALLUJA, NAJAF We’re type of honorary marines. They name us corpsmen, we’re wrestle corpsmen, strive against medics, yet we’re referred to as “docs. ” That’s our nickname. I had brothers who have been within the Marine Corps and I’ve had a number of uncles who have been within the marines and the military, a few who served in Korea, a few who served in Vietnam, and it was once type of a kin legacy. I did visit collage, however it is like a relatives legacy to affix the military and serve your state. I misplaced a relatives buddy, like a cousin to me, on this planet alternate heart assault. He used to be a police officer there. He died saving humans. He was once capable of, thank God, retailer a few humans ahead of he kicked the bucket, and he most likely wouldn’t have had it the other manner than that. My sister additionally was once operating in Tower 1. She made it out. She received trampled over, yet she made it out alive, thank God. My brother had an place of work in Tower 2 and used to be caught in a teach on his approach to a gathering there. I’m from ny urban, yet i used to be already within the carrier. I didn’t subscribe to due to that. I’m a pharmacist technician within the military. ahead of that, I needed to visit corpsman university and that i needed to visit FMSS, that is box clinical carrier institution, that's type of like a surgical shock-trauma education software for the doctors once we serve with the marines. i used to be operating within the pharmacy on the time whilst Sept. 11 occurred. I didn’t particularly foresee really being in wrestle, even though I did are looking to exit there and do my half whilst Sept. 11 occurred, simply because obviously it’s beautiful challenging and beautiful frightening to determine what occurred. sooner than I went to Iraq, i used to be very outgoing, a bit of egocentric. i used to be fascinated about diverse activities, from soccer to swimming, strength lifting, boating. I enjoyed deep-sea fishing. I did every thing. I loved having a drink now and again, hitting the conventional bars and evening scene, and that i enjoyed girls. i used to be very convinced. i used to be definite i used to be prepared for Iraq and for warfare. I grew up in an attractive difficult local in long island City—Spanish Harlem. there has been plenty of violence and many robberies, loads of homicides. I stated, guy, if i may take care of this in ny, i will be able to care for this in the market. I knew what humans informed me and what I observed on tv, yet it’s an entire different tale while it’s relatively taking place to you. It’s in contrast to that suspense while you’re in line to get on a curler coaster like at Six Flags and also you ultimately get on it and there’s no turning again now, simply because even then you definitely may nonetheless get off, you may nonetheless inform the operator, “Hey, I don’t are looking to journey this curler coaster. i need to get off. ” you continue to have an opportunity to get off. On our first method, even if we have been getting shot at coming in, the airplane used to be getting shot at by means of rocket-propelled grenades, it nonetheless type of felt like enjoyable. you continue to felt like, it’s sunny over right here, it’s a special position, and it’s Mesopotamia, the start of lifestyles, type of intriguing, you recognize? however it all adjustments when you see your first bloodshed, your first useless physique.

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