Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.
In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,000-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness, alone with the enemy closing in on three sides, beginning the most difficult and exceptional fight of his life.
John Chapman's incredible display of valor - first by saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, aware that he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad - posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly 50 years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.
Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams, but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision - even in the face of life-threatening danger.
Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 23 minutes|
|Author||Dan Schilling, Lori Longfritz|
|Narrator||Kiff VandenHeuvel, Betsy Foldes Meiman|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 25, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,735 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Afghan & Iraq War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#8 in Afghan War
#9 in Special Forces Military History
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The general public for the most part not only has any idea who or what Combat Controllers are, but how versatile they must be, to be attached to any other special operations unit to include foreign SOF. I think this book does a simply amazing job of showcasing their capabilities as well as some of the unsung heroes attached to the events which are the focus of the book. Through the years regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Special Tactics community has lost a great many of their fellow brothers and there have also been a great many Combat Controllers through their heroic actions that have saved the teams they were attached to by their bravery under fire and their skillsets. I'm proud to have known a lot of these warriors during my time with the teams.
We had been out 4 days in 150 degree heat and 40 degree nights and we looked like we belonged under a bridge smoking meth out of lightbulbs.
The chow hall in Balad was packed and we eat together no matter what but we couldn’t find a table until this surfer dude waves us over and he has the CCT patch and to us he’s a God.
He cleared two tables of SF and SOTA bubbas and sat with us the entire time asking what he could do for us to improve our comms with Air Weapons and the Handcuff Charlie network.
Nobody had ever asked us questions and taken notes like he had and you could tell he was genuine.
I think his callsign was Shrek and we bumped in to him 3 months later after our relief and he remembered each one of us and asked after wives, gfs, and kids by name and number.
I know most of this isn’t ground breaking but if you’re a Marine Infantryman you know you’re the dirt that holds up the totem pole in the eyes of the other branches.
For him to remember our faces, names, spouses, etc, 90 days later only attributes to the Tier 1 level these Hitters operate on.
I’m nothing special and I would give my right arm to have half the courage of John Chapman.
To all the Pajamas and Chucks out there; a sincere thank you from a dime a dozen 03 for everything you’ve done and continue to do.
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I knew these combat controllers existed, but I never in a million years realised the scope of what they do and what they have to attain to get there.
As with all books of this nature, a good chunk of the start is building up, giving an insight into the roll of CCT and the people involved, but it’s worth it because when you get to the operation itself you have such an investment in the guys going into the thick of it.
All of those guys were hero’s, but when you read about what John actually did, and try and understand what must have been going through his mind at the time, it is truly mind blowing.
I can honestly say I have never had chills and a lump in my throat from reading a book before.
Chapter 21 will leave you in utter disbelief and chalet 24 will have you welling up, guaranteed.
You absolute have to read this book!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2021