We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

Patrick K. O'Donnell / Jan 25, 2020

We Were One Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah The platoon included four pairs of best friends Each of the four would lose a best friend forever Five months after being deployed to Iraq Lima Company s st Platoon found itself in Fallujah embroil

  • Title: We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah
  • Author: Patrick K. O'Donnell
  • ISBN: 9780306814693
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The platoon included four pairs of best friends Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company s 1st Platoon found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house to house, hand to hand combat since World War II Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings riggedThe platoon included four pairs of best friends Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company s 1st Platoon found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house to house, hand to hand combat since World War II Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death The Marines of the 1st Platoon part of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment were among the first to fight in Fallujah, and they bore the brunt of this epic battle When it was over, the platoon had suffered thirty five casualties, including four dead.This is their story.Award winning author and historian Patrick O Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with this modern band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted O Donnell captures not only the sights, sounds, and smells of the gritty street combat, but also the human drama of young men in a close knit platoon fighting for their lives and the lives of their buddies We Were One chronicles the 1st Platoon s story, from its formation at Camp Pendleton in California to its near destruction in the smoldering ruins of Fallujah.We Were One is an unforgettable portrait of the new Greatest Generation With 16 pages of extraordinary photographs from the front lines of the Battle for Fallujah.

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    1. A combat historian follows 3rd Battalion 1st Marines into Operation Phantom Fury, the second invasion of Fallujah. The interviews O'Donnell includes in his book are taken during or right after the fight, they are raw and emotional. 3/1 had the highest causality rate with 70% of their Marines injured or killed. O'Donnell captured how the Marines fought for one another and their reactions when their fellow Marine, brother was wounded or killed. This book is not for the faint of heart, it's graphic [...]

    2. Very good book. I think that everybody who has any doubts about the Wars in the Middle East should read this book. It is easy to disagree with the politics behind the conflicts but, when it comes down to "it" the book is very good about showing the humanitarian side of the wars.The POV is kind of weird, since the author has to do a lot of quoting and it's hard to tell when he is narrating versus when he's accounting for someone else. Also, the military aspect might be hard to understand. (luckil [...]

    3. This is a pretty powerful book. It's the story of a Marine platoon that was among the first wave that took Fallujah in the Irag war, written by an embedded "reporter" (really, an historian, I believe). At times it is quite disturbing, because it's pretty graphic. But, I would encourage anyone to read this; we all need to understand the work done and sacrifices made by our military in today's world. And I'm not just sayin' that cuz I'm a military brat, although that background is probably part of [...]

    4. I think this was one of the best books I’ve ever read. This isn’t an ordinary book, no this book shows the truth to war. That was one of the reason I like it, because O’Donnell brought the real story. He brought realism to the reader’s eye. There was a saying that that in a way gave the books its meaning. Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines who took to Fallujah. The sentences mean that these brave and heroic marines took to war and had to fight with one another just to survive. These M [...]

    5. I think Mr. O'Donnell made a good effort here in his account of the battle for Fallujah, howeverI think overall it lacked something. I suspect the "something" that I feel missing from this account is due to the fact, that while Mr. O'Donnell was with the Marines for much of their action, he writes with a somewhat detached point of view. Perhaps this is due to his perspective as a historian and not just as a reporter. Such books as "Shadow of the Sword" and "House to House" written as first hand [...]

    6. If you are into military history or are interested in what our troops experienced in Iraq this is a must read. This is the 3rd book I have read about the battle for Fallujah. They have all been interesting and well written, but this is one of the best. Most Americans have no clue what sacrifices our troops make. This will help you understand.

    7. I listened to the audio book and it is very good. This book is a great way for a civilian to gain perspective of what combat is like for the men and women who wear our/a uniform experience in combat. Obviously nothing with ever replace actually being in combat.This book does a great job of trying to describe what others that have lost a brother in arms (the man or woman standing to the left or right of one in combat) in combat experience and how they deal with it. This book also paints a pretty [...]

    8. Patrick O'Donnell's We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah is one of the very best microhistories of combat during Second Fallujah. Unlike many other combat histories, the author writes from the front lines with 1st Platoon, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines. We follow the unit through urban combat training as they prepared for their deployment to Iraq in 2004 and go door-to-door with them during the battle. O'Donnell also did a fine job at discussing the str [...]

    9. This is by far one of the best books I've read about urban warfare in Fallujah. O'Donnell effectively captures the raw emotion, bravery, and the hardships of the Marines that the media often fails to cover. I am extremely impressed with the sense of duty, honor, and courage of the Marines. They are the greatest generation. The language is graphic and the words used make this a gripping read and tells the reader what it means to be a Marine grunt. I read a lot of books about war, from WWII to the [...]

    10. The book We Were One by Patrick K. O'Donnell is exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. The book starts off in the states right before the platoon is leaving for Fallujah , after a intro to about 8 to 9 characters in the platoon they are shipped off. Once they get their, they have to defend a prison which is a key point in operation for the Armed forces in that area, after 2 month of sitting in the hot desert, the platoon is itching for a fight against the Mujaheddin, they finally get their [...]

    11. The book gives a great insight on the fight in the latest major urban battle. The accounts of the soldiers put a very personal perspective to the book. I however found the narrative a bit "detached". The opinion of the soldiers on the superficial PTSD counseling gives a sad preamble on today's veteran suicide tragedy.

    12. O'Donnell was embedded with Lima Co. of the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines during Operation Phantom Fury to clean out Fallujah. explanation of "unit cohesion" & its role in making a Marine a potent tip-of-the-spear warriorraight forward account of those who sacrifice so much,,,I have even more respect for those who serve!

    13. I regret buying this from a secondhand bookstore. I wished that I found an unused one. I thought to myself, why would the previous owner would give this away? It might be out of his expectations, well, this satisfied me. We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines who Took Fallujah is unlike a story told by an embedded journalist that I came across. Correction: this isn't written by a journalist, this is written by a combat historian. Which means, there's less politics involved here and t [...]

    14. I guess you should read this book if you want to know what it means to be a US marine. It is the story of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, in the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. It gives the personal experiences of the marines, written down by a journalist-historian who joined them for part of the battle and took oral history interviews for all of it. The marines were a rough group, out to raise hell or test themselves. Varying mixes of patriotism and adventure-seeking got them to the battl [...]

    15. We Were One by Patrick O’Donnell showed the true story and details of the people that went into Fallujah. This book also showed the strong friendships and bond that everyone in the platoon had and to see those bonds slowly whittle down, brought out the true emotions of the troops. They fought through some of the worst firefights and having to improvise just to stay alive and keep the remaining men safe.I enjoyed this book because you could feel and experience what the men of the platoon went t [...]

    16. Accuracy of media coverage of the Battle of Fallujah was very questionable since the city became too dangerous for all but muj-approved reporters in the run-up and during the operation. This book provides another side of the account. The caveat on my rating of this one is that the reader may need to be interested in modern or warfare, military history, or current events to enjoy it. This may also be an informative read for friends or families of folks who served there.To the interested reader or [...]

    17. I love this book! its a non fiction acount of his experience in fallujah. The author of this novel served with lima 3/1 and some time with 3/2.I personally got a lot out of reading this book. It was incredibly exciting. i loved every page of this action packed story. It really does make you apprciate the people that serve our countyr everyday laying there life one the line time and time again.I think the biggest thing i got out of reading this book is the understanding of the brotherhood that th [...]

    18. I appreciated the book on an infomative level and found the recounting of the military events that took place in Fallujah helpful to better understand the Iraqi war on the whole. It also gives a perspective on the hard life in the Marines Corps, from training to combat itself.From a stylistic point of view, however, there is sometimes a surplus of useless rhetoric, since one is perfectly able to value the courage of the men who fought over there and the sacrifices they made (many giving their li [...]

    19. I picked this up from the library as an audiobook for my cross-country drive at Thanksgiving. It's the most detailed account of the brutal house-to-house fighting that comprised the Second Battle of Fallujah that I've seen. That said, I found that the jingoism of the author and his subjects sometimes got in the way of the story, especially during the last couple chapters. If you only read one book about the fighting in Iraq - and Fallujah in particular - I'd suggest "Forever War," by Dexter Filk [...]

    20. We Were One is expertly written and one of the greatest books on combat that I have ever read. Mr. O'Donnell put himself in harms way and captured the oral histories of these Marines AS the Battle of Fallujah was unfolding! This is a groundbreaking book that is brilliantly written. I read it in two days! I recently saw that the Commandant of the Marine Corps put it on his professional reading list, to be read by all Marines. This book is more than just an historic triumph, but chronicles men and [...]

    21. This book documented the attack on Fallujah through the eyes of of a platoon on the ground. Well written but much like the many books written about the Iraq war. A bit more graphic and documents many killings and deaths. If you are looking for a book that just regurgitates actions on the ground this is a great book. If you are looking for strategy and psychology along with documentation then I highly recommend House to House: An Epic Memoir of War by Bellavia, David

    22. An amazing story of our soldiers in action, fighting the most horrific battles, often hand to hand. This tight "band of brothers" takes on vicious Jihad terrorists congregated in the abandoned city of Fallujah. I felt like I was there. Mr. O'Donnell compelling book is based on oral histories of the men, and the author's on the ground account of these determined Marines as they bravely fought to take back what had become an epicenter of terrorist activity in Iraq.

    23. Gritty and authentic account of the battle of Fallujah. Sections of the story made me sad given the loss of the men who fought the battle. The descriptions of the house to house fighting and the endless ways in which the Foriegn fighters used the U.S. rules of engagement to kill the Marines gave me a new appreciation for the American fighting man and what those Marines had to go through on a day to day basis.

    24. I read this as part of my research reading for my upcoming Straight Shooter. This was a fantastic non-fiction account of the second battle of Fallujah (November 2004) written by an embedded military historian who collected oral histories from the front line Marines. An excellent book if you are interested in modern military history.

    25. The story told in this book really brings you in and makes you feel like you were there, viewing these men's struggles from a distance. You can overlook the grammar errors, because you know that the story being told is much bigger than that. Truly well written, and brought me to tears several times.

    26. This book gives you a front row seat into the Battle for Fallujah. My heart lies with the Army, but I must say that these Marines are my heroes! I believe that as Americans, it is our duty to know what we are asking of these men and we must be willing to hear of their sacrifices. I cried, I was swept along with them and I was, and am so proud of them! Semper Fi!

    27. A gripping,no holds barred view of combat, sometimes face to face, and death in a combat zone. A friends death happens so fast and so unexpectedly. A great story of comaraderie and strength. Esprit de Corps!

    28. A very intense, but insightful look at the battle for Fallujah, and the sacrifices by the Marines who fought it. Takes you where the TV coverage didn't. This is a VERY intense book, but worth the read.

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