One Million Steps

One Million Steps

A Marine Platoon at War

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Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months--a total of one million steps--in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. This is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400068746
1400068746
9781588369338
Branch Call Number: 958.104745 W52035O 2014
Characteristics: xxxii, 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
May 08, 2015

What tangled web we weave when we deceive ourselves.

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SEBoiko
May 08, 2015

Marines push the fight to the enemy no matter what the cost.

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SEBoiko
May 08, 2015

Over the course of one million steps, the odds will always catch up.

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

If it's death they want, it's death they will get, and the Marines will continue showing them the way to hell if that's what will make them happy.

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

The infidel's had the watches, but the Islamist resistance had the time.

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

We'll honor our dead by going out again today and everyday.

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

Let's go! We all die together!

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

..., to halt under fire and not fire back is suicide.

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SEBoiko
May 06, 2015

I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes. If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all.

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May 06, 2015

We invaded Afghanistan to destroy the Al Qaeda terrorist organization. We stayed to build a nation.

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May 06, 2015

3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/5 US Marines. Fall 2010, Sangin District Afghanistan.

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