The New York Times bestselling 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 twenty-three comrades-in-arms.
In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-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 Navy 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.
John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing 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 fifty 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for saving a team of Navy SEALs on a mountaintop in Afghanistan. Alone at Dawn drives home just how selfless and brave Chapman really was. Cowritten by former fighter pilot Dan Schilling and Chapman’s older sister, the book honors this American hero’s legacy with a detailed account of his team’s flawed mission and his family’s fight to unearth the truth. The audiobook’s two narrators give a somber-but-impassioned reading that conveys the inconceivable tension of battle and its heartbreaking aftermath.
Alone at dawn
10/10 great story, and awesome narrator!
What an amazing story
What an amazing story
legendary book a legendary man
This book is honestly amazing I had never heard of the Combat Controllers. I had know about Air Force PJs and operation Anaconda through the video game Medal of Honor (2010). But wow what an amazing journey and the story of Master Sergeant Chapman’s Conspicuous Gallantry in the face of the enemy every part of this book was amazing. The narration was also very well done. I hope they make this into a movie