Normally, one would be at the beach or having a barbecue to celebrate America’s fallen warriors, but unfortunately plans have changed. That being said, there’s no reason not to open a book and read stories about fallen soldiers and the wars they fought in. They may not necessarily be beach reads, but these five books are sure to be a great read nonetheless.
5. Soldier Dogs: the Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
Any dog lover would get a kick out of this one. The unsung heroes of war, this book tells the stories of the good boys who help soldiers detect IED’s and help save lives. Dogs are loyal, protective, and willing to do anything to get the job done. All great qualities for a soldier. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about K9’s, this is the book for you.
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4. Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice by Brandon Webb with John David Mann.
Webb gives his personal account of eight Navy SEALS who died in the line of duty, including his best friend. While respecting the sacrifices they made, this book also illustrates who they are as people, and how so many of them left family and friends behind, only to not come back. It also gives insight as to what happens behind-the-scenes during training, which is pretty interesting for anyone curious about the military.
3. Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie
This was Leckie’s first book, going through stages of training then deployment, with bootcamp in MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina, stationing at New River, North Carolina, and deployment to various locations in the Pacific. This book would be the basis of the show, The Pacific. A WWII memoir, it shows the events and stories these soldiers go through in order to complete the mission and stay alive.
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2. Redeployment by Phil Klay
Selected as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, this fictional collection of short stories contains stories of soldiers returning home after witnessing the horrors of war. Unlike some books that glamorize the idea of war, this one is a sobering look at what can happen to soldiers who come home and have to readjust to civilian life. PTSD, while talked about a lot, is not really understood by some authors, and this collection of stories is a quiet look at how a soldier can stand to witness the things they’ve seen.
1.No Easy Day: The First Hand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen (Matt Bissonnette) with Kevin Maurer
Author/former member of SEAL Team Six Matt Bissonnette has been involved in the rescue of Captain Phillips and the mission of killing Osama Bin Laden so that alone is a good reason to pick up this book. SEAL Team Six is often spoken of with reverence, and with reverence comes curiosity. While this book is no stranger to controversy, it provides a personal account to one of the most talked-about events in history. Once you start reading, I doubt you’ll be able to put it down.