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They Fought for Each Other

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

Kelly Kennedy

St. Martin's Press

Charlie 1-26 confronted one of the worst neighborhoods in Baghdad and lost more men than any battalion since Vietnam

Based on “Blood Brothers”, the Michael Kelly Awardnominated series that ran in Army Times, this is the remarkable story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed their lives to change Adhamiya, Iraq, from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a secure neighborhood with open storefronts and a safe populace.

Army Times writer Kelly Kennedy was embedded with Charlie Company in 2007, went on patrol with the soldiers and spent hours in combat support hospitals. During that period, one soldier threw himself on a grenade to save his friends, a well-liked first sergeant shot himself to death in front of his troops, and a platoon staged a mutiny. The men of Charlie 1- 26 would earn at least 95 combat awards, including one soldier who would go home with three Purple Hearts and a lost dream. This is a timeless story of men at war and a heartbreaking account of American sacrifice in Iraq.


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CHAPTER 1 Second Platoon Meets Adhamiya
At their tiny combat outpost in the Adhamiya neighborhood of Baghdad, the soldiers of second platoon acted like kids going to an amusement park: jumping around, grabbing gear, punching shoulders. They hugged the other members of the company like long-lost brothers, joyful to be part of a  whole. Nothing could be worse than the two months they had spent separated from the rest of Charlie Company—they had not even lived on the same post. The men of second platoon had been attached to another unit, as often happens in war zones, and their company
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"[Kennedy] spares no punches in revealing the gritty and the horrific and counters it with the moments of grace." --Washington Post Book World

"This is one of the saddest and strongest tales to come out of the Iraq war. Please buy it."--Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times bestselling author of FIASCO and THE GAMBLE

"No book takes you deeper inside the sacrifice made by the American soldier in Iraq."--Sean Naylor, New York Times bestselling author of NOT A GOOD DAY TO DIE

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  • KELLY KENNEDY served as a soldier in Desert Storm and Mogadishu, Somalia. She has written for The Salt Lake Tribune, The Portland Oregonian, The Chicago Tribune, and Army Times. She lives in Virginia.

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    They Fought for Each Other

    The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

    Kelly Kennedy

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