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Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man

Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man

by Jesse L. Col. Johnson, Alex Holstein (With)
Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man

Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man

by Jesse L. Col. Johnson, Alex Holstein (With)


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In Warfighter, Colonel Jesse L. Johnson, one of the most decorated living American veterans, recounts the action-packed true-life tale of a man who stood and fought at the crossroads of history. Spanning forty years of conflict, from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iran and Iraq, never has a modern military memoir covered such a vast landscape of all-out warfare. Never has one man fought on the frontlines of so many of America’s most heroic battles. Johnson led the most elite forces on operations that defined eras past and present, mentoring young soldiers who would rise to become some of America’s greatest generals. He held the ear of princes, kings, presidents, and even Hollywood movie stars. With an all-star cast worthy of an epic war film, this extraordinary hero’s journey sheds new light on some of the most transformative events of our time—crises, conflicts and covert operations that have shaped the world as we know it today. More important, Warfighter offers us a deeper understanding of the personal sacrifice and human toll of a lifetime at war, and the honor-bound code of a man whose instinct in battle was to always charge ahead of those under his command—into the fight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493065561
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2022
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 110,952
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Colonel Jesse L. Johnson is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans living today—the man General H. Norman Schwarzkopf called “an unsung hero of the Gulf War.” Having spent the majority of his four-decade career in Special Forces, Delta Force, and the most legendary units of both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, Colonel Johnson holds more awards for valor than any other special operator or covert commander in the United States Armed Forces, with the exception of the few that hold the Medal of Honor. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross; the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; three Silver Stars; four Bronze Stars (two with “V” device); two awards of the Legion of Merit; the Soldier’s Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (with “V” device); three Purple Hearts; and the Gold Medallion and Seal from the Central Intelligence Agency. He lives in Valrico, FL. Alex Holstein is a writer, producer, and military affairs analyst who has developed several factual and dramatic series with prominent film and television production houses in Canada and the United States. He received a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics, where he wrote his thesis on the Soviet KGB. He lives between Toronto, Canada, and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Principal Participants xiii

Prologue: My Enemy xix

Part I Airmobile

1 Gung-Ho NCO 3

2 Happy Valley Blues 19

3 Fog of War 33

4 A Long Way from Pocahontas 41

5 Crazy Horse 49

Part II Soldier-Charlie-Six

6 False Flag 57

7 The Righteous Side 67

8 Jackpot 77

9 Crossover Point 83

10 Next of Kin 93

11 Initial Contact 99

12 Mr. Smith Goes to Vietnam 103

Part III The Calling

13 What Charlie Wants, Charlie Gets … 111

14 Eagle Claw 121

15 Desert One 131

16 Hot Wash 145

17 Brigate Rosse 151

Part IV Into the Storm

18 Internal Look 169

19 Snowflakes in the Desert 175

20 Back to Saigon 185

21 Resistance 189

22 Task Force Normandy 195

23 The Mother of all Battles 201

24 Liberation Day 207

Epilogue: Route Irish 213

Index 215

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