Academic journal article Air Power History

In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002

Academic journal article Air Power History

In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002

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In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002. By Bill Murphy Jr. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. $20.00 ISBN: 080508679X

Bill Murphy's book is a look at the West Point Class of 2002. They entered West Point as freshman during a time of peace; but, soon after the start of their senior year, their military careers, and lives, were transformed by the events of September 11, 2001. During their commencement the following June, President George W. Bush spoke and declared that America would "take the battle to the enemy," with many of the graduating seniors realizing what that really meant. In A Time of War examines these men's and women's experiences firsthand from the ups and downs of leading soldiers in the War on Terror from front-row seats in Southwest Asia to back home in the States dealing with loved ones.

Murphy focuses on a number of individuals from the class such as Todd Bryant, Tim Moshier, Will Tucker, and Drew Sloan. He follows these individuals briefly through their Army training after West Point and into the training schools of the various branches--e.g., infantry, armor, cavalry--and then to their first duty assignments and, ultimately, deployments to Southwest Asia. Most touching was the story of California-born Lt Bryant who was from a military family and who saw military service as a family tradition. While serving with Task Force 1-34 Armor, he was killed near Fallujah, Iraq, while conducting his primary mission of driving up and down the highways until engaged by anti-coalition militia. …

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