Academic journal article Military Review

They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

Academic journal article Military Review

They Were Heroes: A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

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THEY WERE HEROES

A Sergeant Major's Tribute to the Combat Marines of Iraq and Afghanistan

Sgt. Maj. David K. Devaney, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2015, 296 pages

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Do we as a nation show our appreciation and properly recognize the sacrifices our service members make? In They Were Heroes, Sgt. Maj. David Devaney does just that by commemorating the heroism and sacrifices marines made during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Devaney's visits with wounded warriors at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center--now merged with Walter Reed Army Medical Center--he wanted to share their stories with the world. Devaney was encouraged to tell the stories of those heroes after sharing them with the U.S Naval Institute's editorial board for Proceedings magazine.

The book has three distinctive sections: anecdotes from battles in Iraq, from battles in Afghanistan, and from assistance calls by casualty assistance calls officers (CACOs). Every story is different. However, each provides a compelling account of marine bravery in the face of adversity. Devaney helps readers vicariously experience combat by effectively recounting the details of each battle and event. Each story's details are collected from the statements of those who survived the ordeal and lived to tell the story. Stories of the battles are told with enough detail to provide a clear picture of the environment and conditions in which the marines fought. …

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