It is something great and greatening to cherish an ideal; to act in the light of truth that is far-away and far above; to set aside the near advantage, the momentary pleasure; the snatching of seeming good to self; and to act for remoter ends, for higher good, and for interests other than our own… Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain


It is not the preacher who has given you freedom of religion.
It is not the reporter who has given you freedom of the press.
It is not the poet who has given you freedom of speech.
It is not the campus organizer who has given you the freedom to assemble.
It is not the lawyer who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is not the politician who has given you the right to vote.
All of these people have to stand up and support the rights that the soldier has earned for you with his valor, his blood and even his life.

Fortes Fortuna Juvat – Fortune Favors the Brave

Victory point : operations Red Wings and Whalers : the Marine Corps’ battle for freedom in Afghanistan    New York : Berkley Caliber, 2009   Ed Darack United States. Marine Corps Afghanistan Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xviii, 316 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-301) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG  

The riveting untold story of the Marine missions that led to free elections in Afghanistan.

In late June 2005, media reports recounted the tragic story of nineteen U.S. military soldiers and Marines who died at the hands of Ahmad Shah – and the lone survivor who was rescued – in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The harrowing events of Operation Red Wings marked the beginning of an important – yet widely misreported – chapter in the Global War on Terror.

Victory Point reveals the complete and untold story of Operation Red Wings, and the follow-up mission, Operation Whalers. It is the story not of a mission gone wrong, but of a complex and difficult campaign that finally saw the demise of Ahmad Shah and his band of barbarous fighters.

Thanks to the valor of the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Marine Regiment in the summer of 2005, Afghanistan was able to hold free elections that Fall. Here is the inspiring true account of heroism, duty, and brotherhood between marines fighting the War on Terror.

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