Expert Pick: ‘Red Platoon’ by Clinton Romesha
Review by Jordan Weinmann
I absolutely loved this book. While this is not my typical genre of choice, I was immediately drawn into Clinton’s story. He expertly brings you into the outpost and puts you in the midst of the battle. He introduces the members of his platoon, depicting them in such a way that they instantly become real and part of your world. I was full of anxiety about who would survive and filled with heartbreak with every death. This is a powerful book that should be read by all.
Red Platoon is a firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, Keating being the most-remote and least strategic Command Outpost in Afghanistan. On October 3, 2009, the Taliban launched their greatest attack on this outpost, bringing about a 14-hour battle that cost the lives of 8 men. This story is told by Clinton Romesha, who lead the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back. In 2013 Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
To learn more about this book and Clinton Romesha’s story, please watch his interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
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In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the Army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle and eventual victory cost 8 men their lives.