“The story of what Dakota go . . . Will be told because that generations.”—President Barack Obama, indigenous remarks provided at Meyer’s Medal of honor ceremonyIn the loss of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol that Afghan soldiers and also Marine torture in a mountain town called Ganjigal. Firing indigenous entrenched positions, the opponent was positioned come wipe the end one hundred males who were pinned down and also were repeatedly refused pho support. Notified to stay behind through the vehicles, twenty-one year-old naval corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked come rescue his comrades.

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            through a brave driver at the wheel, Meyer stand in the total turret exposed come withering fire, rallying Afghan troops to follow. Over the course of the five hours, that charged into the sink time and also again. Use a selection of maker guns, rifles, grenade launchers, and also even a rock, Meyer repeatedly repulsed adversary attackers, brought wounded Afghan soldiers to safety, and detailed cover because that dozens of rather to escape—supreme acts of valor and also determination. In the end, Meyer and four stalwart comrades—an army captain, an Afghan sergeant major, and also two Marines—cleared the battlefield and came come grips through a tragedy they knew could have been avoided. Because that his actions on that day, Meyer came to be the very first living marine in three decades to be awarded the Medal the Honor.   right into the Fire tells the full story that the chaotic fight of Ganjigal because that the an initial time,  in a compelling, human way that expose it as a microcosm the our current wars. Meyer takes united state from his upbringing top top a farm yard in Kentucky, with his Marine and also sniper training, top top the battlefield, and also into the vexed results of his harrowing exploits in a fight that has end up being the stuff of legend.    investigate ensued, also as he to be pitched back into battle alongside U.S. Military soldiers who embraced him together a fellow grunt. As soon as it to be over, he went back to the states to confront living with the ns of his closestly friends. This is a story of American values and upbringing, the stunning heroism, and of adjusting come loss and to civilian life.   We watch it all through Meyer’s eyes, bullet by bullet, through raw honesty in telling of both the errors that led to tragedy and the solve of American soldiers, U.S. Marines, and also Afghan soldiers who’d been abandoned and also faced specific death.    conscientious researched and also thrillingly told, through nonstop pace and also vivid detail, right into the Fire is the unvarnished story of a modern American hero.Praise for right into the Fire   “A story of men at their best and at your worst . . . Leaves you gaping in admiration in ~ Medal of honor winner Dakota Meyer’s courage.”—National review   “Meyer’s dazzling bravery wasn’t temporary or impulsive yet deliberate and also sustained.”—The wall Street journal   “ cathartic, heartfelt account . . . Combat memoirs don’t gain any an ext personal.”—Kirkus reviews   “A good contribution come the discussion of an agonizingly complex subject.”—The Virginian-Pilot   “Black Hawk down meets Lone Survivor.”—Library Journal

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Dakota Meyer
was born and also raised in Columbia, Kentucky, and also enlisted in the joined States maritime Corps in 2006. A school-trained sniper and also highly skilled infantryman, Corporal Meyer deployed come Iraq in 2007 and also to Afghanistan in 2009. In 2011, he was awarded the congressional Medal of Honor because that his unyielding courage in the fight of Ganjigal. He currently competes in ~ charity events in skeet and also rifle competitions. He additionally speaks commonly at schools and also veterans’ events to raise awareness of ours military and remains devoted to the causes of ours veterans. For the households of please troops, he has actually raised end one million dollars.  Bing West has written eleven books, including, through Jim Mattis, the #1 New York Times bestseller Call authorize Chaos. He served as a maritime grunt in Vietnam and also later as an assistant secretary the defense in the Reagan administration. He has actually been on hundreds of patrols in Iraq and Afghanistan, including numerous operations with general Mattis. The is a member that the Military history Working team at the Hoover Institution. He stays with his wife, Betsy, in Hilton Head, south Carolina, and also Newport, Rhode Island.

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“I hope to have actually God on my side,” chairman Lincoln created in 1862, regarding the Union’s chances for win in the polite War, “but ns must have Kentucky.”That self-reliance of soul that friend might call the nation’s spirit is alive and well in the farming communities of main Kentucky.My tiny town of Columbia could be considered negative by some standards. Us don’t look in ~ it favor that. We enjoy being on our own, making do with what we scratch out for ourselves. The land is the reason world stay, generation after generation. If friend drive v Columbia, you’ll watch modest homes and trailers ~ above slab foundations, collection near the road. Fields stretch out where cattle and also horses graze. Nowadays, farming offers only a supplemental revenue for most families. Commutes that twenty to sixty mile are usual to hold down work jobs. Yet the land keeps civilization returning to their dwellings at the end of the workday—this emotion of space that comes with owning the acres exterior your back door.I’m no saying it’s always wonderful. My residence life cultivation up was like tumbling inside a washing an equipment as i shuttled roughly the center of Kentucky v my mother. She was never content to stay in one place, or v one man, for also long. She was together smart together she was independent, though, and always landed some task that carried in a small money.Summers provided stability due to the fact that my mommy let me continue to be for weeks in ~ Mike Meyer’s farm. Mike to be briefly married to my mother, and also he legally embraced me as soon as I was born. As for my biological father, I had no contact with him. I learned beforehand that just because you come indigenous the very same blood together someone doesn’t mean they space family. Big Mike Meyer was my genuine dad as much as ns was concerned.Big Mike, a college of Kentucky graduate, owned a three-hundred-acre farm in Greensburg. He worked for southern States, a farmer-owned cooperative, and also brought in extra cash by raising beef cows. He lived in a plain house surrounded by open fields, v no curtains top top the home windows or photos on the walls. He came residence each day, placed on his overalls, and tended come chores. Huge Mike favored a secure routine, hunting, and the satisfaction that a well-run farm.His dad, Dwight, own a bigger farm on the various other side the the creek. Dwight had served in the Marines and had later on been one engineer. He hosted himself and others come rigid standards, together if he might see the ideal ways of living by looking v his surveyor’s scope. That was, and still is, a fair but hard-to-please man. In spite of my fall short fairly often, he constantly seemed to think i was someone worth having actually in the family. If you can feel that from her family, nothing deserve to touch you.When inquiry to explain my nature, large Mike likes to tell the story the the ATV. Large Mike kept his all-terrain vehicle in the shed next come the house. Consists of a motor, a seat, and also three or 4 wheels, the ATV is the twentieth-century steed on farms throughout America. The goes almost everywhere on a couple of gallons that gasoline and also you don’t have to shovel the end the steady afterward. It can speed throughout fields, splash through creeks, and claw increase hillsides. Without the ATV, life on a farm would be pure drudgery.As a four-year-old, i was obsessed with it. I’d perch ~ above the seat for hours, begging Dad to take me for one much more ride. Finally, he chose to teach me a lesson.“Ko,” that said, which to be my nickname, “I have actually work come do. No more rides. As soon as you’re big enough to begin the maker yourself, you deserve to drive the yourself.”Since you had to kick-start it choose a balky motorcycle, Dad thought it would be a year or much more before I might do that. He’d sit on the stoop after work, smiling together I pushed my small legs down, time and also again. This walk on because that weeks. The angrier ns got, the much more I tried. The thing would not budge. We room both nice stubborn.Big Mike was in the kitchen once he finally heard chug-chug and rushed exterior to view me laugh brightly. I’d figured out how to rise up top top the seat and also jump under on the kick lever with all forty pounds the me until that damn ATV started. So he permit me take it for a spin.When ns was eight, Dad brought me come his favourite tree stand on a cool October morning prior to dawn. He to be brushing pipeline away to rise up into the stand once a deer walked into the open behind him, no fifty feet from us.“Dad,” ns whispered, “there’s a deer.”He squinted over his shoulder in the slim light.“If it has horns,” the whispered, “shoot it.”I permit go through a shotgun. The deer leaped right up in the air and also crashed down on its next without quivering. I had killed one eight-point buck.When us butchered the carcass, ns was so excited that the heat guts and the hefty smell that the blood didn’t bother me. In the year after that, hitting relocating animals and birds progressively became 2nd nature. Cut up new kills, ugly together that sounds, accustomed me come what I would certainly encounter a decade later on the battlefield.I had been in grammar school only a couple of years when my mom called large Mike come say that seemed finest if I stayed with him permanently. One brief phone call and also my life had readjusted for the better.When ns was eleven, my school organized a challenge for the finest public speaker in each grade, and large Mike encouraged me to enter.I wrote down what I want to say, and also Dad and I exercised my lines at least ten time a day.“Slow down once you speak,” that said. “Think around your key message and also say the clearly.”Each speaker had actually three minutes. Once it to be my turn, i talked around Tinker Bell, the Cowboy Cow. We had actually no steeds on ours farm, so i picked out this huge old cow and also petted and talked to her every evening. As soon as she learned to come to my voice, i rewarded her through peaches and Dr Pepper. Eventually, i was riding her to herd the other cows and lasso them. Ns concluded my speech by proclaiming that Tinker Bell and I could win any type of cow race in the county, perhaps in the entirety state.My little speech won an initial prize for the sixth grade. From the tiny victory, I occurred a confidence in speak up the would later on exasperate marine sergeants (and reason me part grief ~ above occasion).Each year, Dad provided me obligation for ever more serious chores. As soon as I was in the saturday grade, grandfather Dwight—Dad’s dad—came by one loss day while ns was control the big tractor, spiking balls the hay. This meant I to be constantly changing in the seat to look under at the stole forks and keep lock aligned. Grandfather Dwight lit right into me through his booming voice. He thought I’d tip over the tractor and be crushed.When Dad got home an hour later, one glance told that what was going on through the tractor and me and Grandpa. Ns was trembling and shaky. Dad put his arm roughly me and also looked in ~ his father.“He knows what he’s doing,” the said. “Ko, you go finish moving in hay.”When I was in the eighth grade, we were still farming tobacco on ours farm. In summer, once the broad leaves ~ above the tobacco plants got to as tall as a man, you’d hack turn off the stem and also thrust a wood pole with the leaf. Once you’d speared ten stalks—twenty or much more pounds—you’d stack the load in the patch because that a few days, or toss it onto a trailer come take and hang in the barn.Mexican itinerant workers pertained to do the cutting. The pay was ten cent a spear. I asked Dad to rental me. I would work-related for one hour and also then collapse for two. The mexico workers continued to be in the areas ten hours a day, hoisting sixty spears an hour. They were the hardest-working guys I’ve ever before seen.You could wear long-sleeved clothes, gloves, and also a mask or kerchief to defend yourself when cutting. I decided not to, for this reason all the tobacco would certainly rub in v my sweat. After ~ work, I’d vomit till I had retched out the nicotine poison. One night i couldn’t avoid throwing up and Dad rushed me come the hospital. Even after lock pumped fluids into me, i was so dehydrated i couldn’t pee. The nurses were around to put in a urinary catheter when my dad, laughing in ~ my expression, encouraged them no to. Most small farmers quit raising tobacco after the legal settlements in the late ’90s. I frequently wondered what ended up being of those tough, cheerful mexico workers.I did all best in school, particularly in math. Dad did no let up on me. When I left the laundry fifty percent done one day—I had stayed out too late and, because that once, got home after that did—he had tossed the laundry the end onto the lawn so I can start over and also do the right.But he didn’t do stuff choose that often due to the fact that he didn’t require to—I to be listening and also learning.