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Publisher Description

The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the thirteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
"'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself -- Keating -- had become a kind of backhanded joke."
In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. 
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle-- and eventual victory-- cost 8 men their lives. 
Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. 

Includes original songs “Red Platoon” and “Remember the Fallen”
Songs performed by Michael Connors.  ℗2016 Michael Connors Music.
"Red Platoon" words and music by Jim Kinsey, Michael Connors, Clint Romesha, Mike Hartnett and James Breedwell © 2016 All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission. 
"Remember The Fallen" words and music by Michael Connors, Jim Kinsey, Billy Dawson and Mike Hartnett © 2016 All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.  Executive Producer, Nemo Arms

Clinton Romesha
hr min
May 3
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

jfjdjhdjdjdjd ,

To those of you who write bad reviews.

I have not read this book yet but I have seen the movie on the events and the episode on the Netflix series Medal of Honor, I do plan on reading this book starting tomorrow, however to those of you who write bad reviews you truly are terrible people. This book is to tell the story of 53 American soldiers who were sent into an obviously indefensible position and fought every single day to defend themselves and their brothers in arms, in the end 300+ Taliban soldiers attacked them, to these soldiers I can’t even imagine what it was like, it was raining lead from the mountains surrounding them, mortars and rpgs were being constantly fired upon all of them, their brothers were being injured and killed in front of them, and you have the audacity to write a two star review saying “L”, I have the utmost respect for the soldiers who fought in Camp Keating, I can’t express how grateful I am that people like them are here to tell their stories. These brave men had to wonder every day whether it was going to be their last, they had to wonder every day when the “big one” was going to come and from where, they had to wonder every day if they were going to make it home to their families, and yet they have to come home to people like this, who treat them like they are nothing in this world. If you haven’t been in these men’s position then you have no right to treat them as poorly as you do, these are the men who traveled overseas to save innocent life and try to stop the Taliban from murdering innocent people every day and this is what they get in return. You should be ashamed of yourselves. All Sergeant Romesha was trying to do is bring light to the conditions these men faced, and how brutal it was for them. And Sergeant Romesha I know I’m living in a world of fantasies thinking you might, but if you do see this, thank you so much for your service, and I’m truly sorry about the position you were thrust into, I know the motto is “It doesn’t get better” but I truly hope it does for you, and the men who served alongside you.

Kenne G ,


For those of us who have been in combat, revisiting the stories from the hardest turning points in our lives is generally left in a repressed memory from that day on the battlefield. It takes a certain strength to detail that event later from the safety of our homes however, the duty to remember our fallen and honor their memory and sacrifice must be shared. 🍻 to the fallen!

AmericanSoldier20 ,

Loved it!

first off, thank your for your service to our country!!! Really great book. Really captivated me from the beginning to the end. I felt like I was seeing it through your eyes.

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