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Pale Horse

Postby Fuzzy Dog » Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:35 pm

I'm about 2/3rds of the way through Jimmy Blackmon's book Pale Horse. It's a well written war story - basically the story of Task Force Pale Horse in Afghanistan during 2009. Not surprisingly, Blackmon both tells a good story, humanizing the part of the war fought under his command, and in the process gives credit to the people who served in his command and some of the commands they supported from the air. He takes little, if any, credit for himself. If he claims credit for anything it's picking good people and then giving them the support they need to do their jobs.

In other words, I highly recommend it.
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Re: Pale Horse

Postby Stykshooter » Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:59 am

Thanks for the review. It is one I have on my reading list. Jimmy is a great story teller.
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Re: Pale Horse

Postby BEN MAHER » Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:54 am

Thanks Paul,
i ordered it a while ago on the Amazons/Ebays or similar - can't remember which one .
Look forward to it .
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Re: Pale Horse

Postby Lee Vivian » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:34 am

I'm about a third of the way through it and enjoying it as well.......
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Re: Pale Horse

Postby rallison » Sun Apr 10, 2016 8:25 am

Not tryin' ti hijack the thread, but another good read is, "No Way Out"...the story of the ill-fated battle of Shok valley in 2008, whereby a Green Beret team partnered with Afghanie commandos and an Air Force combat controller.

The afghans were in no way ready for this type of action, their special forces trainers argued against it, but it was a go anyway primarily for a PR coup.

My wife's cousin was the combat controller on his first mission of his first tour.

In a 6-1/2 hour fight he went from "airman" to sergent and was awarded the Purple Heart (his 1st of 3) and the Air Force Cross. There were also 10 Silver Stars awarded to members of the Green Berets.

It's a miracle any of them got out...a true testament to the dedication and levels of training of these incredible warriors.

My wife's cousin was medically retired last year due to permanent injuries incurred on that 3rd Purple Heart, after 12 years of service and numerous combat incredible young man...strong of body, mind, and spirit.

A damn good read.
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Re: Pale Horse

Postby 4nolz » Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:55 am

A childhood buddy of mine who is now a 3 star General wrote a book called "A War on 2 fronts" about the initial taking of Fallugea(not spelled right)).He was a Colonel at the time his name is Chris Hughes.
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