By Nathaniel R. Helms
My males Are My Heroes introduces its readers to a dwelling commonplace of Marine Corps esprit de corps and army decorum. Sergeant significant Bradley Kasal, the satisfaction of Iowa, is a small city boy who desired to be a usa Marine even prior to a poster ideal Marine recruiter marched into his highschool fitness center and provided him a problem Kasal couldn’t withstand. twenty years later Kasal stood stiffly at cognizance, one leg actually shot in part, whereas the military move used to be pinned to his chest. Kasal is presently the Sergeant significant of the Infantry institution at Camp Pendleton, CA till he retires in might, 2012.
After a short stopover at to his early life Kasal’s tale fast gathers steam, introducing the reader to his early Marine occupation; event stuffed years that earned him the identify “Robo-Grunt” from males who don’t supply accolades simply. Kasal makes use of his event mountaineering the ranks to demonstrate how Marines develop, and the way they're formed via the uncompromising attitudes of the officials and non-coms charged with turning younger Marines into tigers.
Kasal’s adventures culminate in Iraq. by way of now he's 1st Sergeant Kasal, ramrodding Kilo corporation, 3/1, a rifle corporation in third Battalion, 1st Marines, the powerful “Thunder 3rd” that may conceal itself with glory in 2004. days into Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 Kilo is ordered to carry open a serious highway among bridges that Saddam’s fierce Fedayeen Saddam have been simply as made up our minds to remove. Kasal makes in his stand on that highway, actually status tall amidst fierce gunfire, demonstrating the type of management Kilo corporation had to get the activity performed. Kilo’s struggle used to be a part of the 1st large try of Marine Corps wrestle functions within the moment Iraqi struggle and the single significant engagement the Marine Corps fought in the course of the heady days of the “Drive Up” to Baghdad. while it used to be over the so-called “Ninjas” of the Fedayeen Saddam have been smashed. per week later Kasal was once in Baghdad, welcomed with open fingers by way of the exuberant population.
A 12 months later 3/1 used to be again to Iraq, in Anbar Province, the epicenter of the brutal conflict now raging within the former tribal stronghold of Saddam and his henchmen. The smiling faces that had greeted 3/1 the 12 months earlier than have been long past. Kasal is the first Sergeant of guns corporation, 3/1, the armored fist of a gentle infantry battalion. After 4 months of ambushes, IEDs, and lethal skirmishes 3/1 is ordered into Fallujah, to take the traditional urban again from Al Qaeda and the overseas opponents who had became the traditional “City of Mosques” right into a citadel. it really is there, in November, 2004 that the “Thundering 3rd” entered into Marine Corps legend and Kasal into the Pantheon of Heroes for his activities throughout the so much savage conflict the Marines fought within the Iraq conflict.
At a non-descript condominium in a walled local in Fallujah Kasal, on the time accompanying a squad of Kilo’s riflemen right into a contested condominium, turns into desirous about a close-quarter duel with fanatical Chechen combatants. The struggle rages through the residence, now and then Marines and the international warring parties have been replacing rifle fireplace and grenades at levels of below 10 ft. for nearly hours the squad is trapped contained in the condominium. in the course of the brawl Kasal is shot seven occasions, virtually loses his leg whilst it's approximately severed from his physique, and sustains 47shrapnel wounds while he used his physique to guard a wounded Marine laying subsequent to him from an enemy grenade. within the skirmish, eternally referred to as the “Hell condominium” struggle, Kasal was once offered the military pass, the nation’s moment optimum award for heroism.