The fighting 69th: one remarkable National Guard Unit's journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad

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How a ragtag National Guard unit found itself thrust into the War on Terror and triumphed against impossible odds On the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City’s famous National Guard regiment, the Fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no prior military experience and no intention of serving their country any longer than it took to get a paycheck or college credit. Once a respected all-Irish outfit, the 69th was now a Technicolor mix of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, African Americans, Russians, Poles, Koreans, Chinese, and a few token Irish Americans. Their uniforms were incomplete and their equipment was downright derelict. The thought of deploying such a unit was laughable. But that is exactly what happened. With a charismatic mix of irreverent humor and eye-opening honesty, Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, memorably chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle- hardened troop at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad: the notorious Airport Road, a blood- soaked strand that grabbed headlines and became a bellwether for progress in postinvasion Iraq. At home on the concrete and asphalt like no other unit in the U.S. Army, Gotham’s Fighting 69th finally brings its own rough justice to this lawless precinct by ignoring army discipline and turning to the street-fighting tactics they grew up with and know best. The Fighting 69th is more than a story about the impact of terrorism, the war on Iraq, or the current administration’s failures. It is the story of how regular citizens come to grips with challenges far starker than what they have been prepared for. Flynn’s dark humor, empathy, and candor make for a fresh look at who our soldiers are and what they do when faced with their toughest challenges.
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display_descriptionOn the eve of September 11, 2001, New York City's National Guard regiment, the Fighting 69th Infantry, was not fit for duty. Most of its soldiers were immigrant kids with no military experience and no intention of serving their country very long. Once an all-Irish outfit, the 69th was now a mix of Latinos, African Americans, Eastern European Americans, Asian Americans, and a few token Irish Americans. Their uniforms were incomplete and their equipment was downright derelict. Then came September 11. Sean Flynn, himself a member of the 69th, chronicles the transformation of this motley band of amateur soldiers into a battle-hardened troop, now at work in one of the most lethal quarters of Baghdad. At home on the concrete and asphalt like no other unit in the U.S. Army, Gotham's Fighting 69th brings its own rough justice to this lawless precinct by turning to the street-fighting tactics they grew up with.--From publisher description.
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subject_facetIraq War, 2003-2011 -- Participation, Irish American
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Participation, Puerto Rican
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American
New York (N.Y.) -- Ethnic relations
New York (N.Y.) -- History, Military
New York (State). -- National Guard. -- Infantry Regiment, 69th -- History
Personal narratives
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
title_displayThe fighting 69th : one remarkable National Guard Unit's journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad
title_fullThe fighting 69th : one remarkable National Guard Unit's journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad / Sean Michael Flynn
title_shortThe fighting 69th
title_subone remarkable National Guard Unit's journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad
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History
History, Military
Iraq War, 2003-2011
Participation, Irish American
Participation, Puerto Rican
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001