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Outlaw Platoon


Outlaw Platoon, is basically a book written by Sean Parnell and co-authored by John Bruning. It describes the country, the combats as well as the character of the men who fight in one of the most dangerous and cruel places on earth, otherwise known as bermel valley, in Afghanistan. Captain Sean Parnell, actually takes the reader exactly at the middle of the battle that he and his brave men fought, their accomplishments, tragedies, as well as the extraordinary bonds that they created.

At the young age of twenty four, United States army ranger Sean Parnel, was recognized by being given a chance to be the commanding officer of a forty, highly qualified infantry platoon, though the unit later came to be known as the outlaws. Their main responsibility was to clean out Pakistan-based rebels who resided in a mountain valley along the Afghanistan eastern borderline. The captain and his brilliant men thought they would be facing a miscellaneous group of inhabitants, but to their astonishment, in May 2006, as they were making their usual patrol in the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush, they were violently ambushed.

Hardly escaping the occurrence with their lives, the men came into terms with the fact that they were facing the greatest threat since world war two. They persevered sixteen months of battle, where they took this time to become a family as well as get to know each other up-close since they relied on each other for survival.

Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, is depicted as the intelligent, chain-smoking old-timer, who never seemed to lose his calm. Specialist Robert Pinholt, is an old-fashioned, courageous soldier who thinks like an economist. Also, we get to meet staff sergeant Phil Baldwin, who is portrayed as the most reasonable guy in the group. He surrendered the comfort of his home, career and money to serve his country after seeing his fellow Americans suffer in the September 11 attack.

This combat was very expensive for this group because, over eighty percent of these men were injured in battle, therefore making this group’s casualty percentage one of the highest ever. Outlaw platoon was not an ordinary unit of soldiers, but what stood out is that they were good at whatever they did. It’s fascinating how the author makes the reader fall in love with the way their differences bring them together. This book paints a clear picture of what really goes on out there and the sacrifices that our soldiers make for the sake of peace in our nation.