The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad

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A member of New York City's National Guard regiment presents a dramatic comparison of the Fighting 69th Infantry before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks, describing how the unit consisted of largely untrained and unequipped immigrants who subsequently became a battle-hardened troop in one of Baghdad's most dangerous regions.

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Sean Michael Flynn served as a company commander during the Fighting 69thÂ’s service from Ground Zero to Iraq. Before joining the Army National Guard as an infantryman, Flynn served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Flynn has a bachelorÂ’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Before 9/11, the 69th Infantry Regiment of the New York National Guard consisted of weekenders prepared only to drink, play, and womanize. The terrorist attacks of 2001 aroused the latent leadership skills of their officers to motivate and train the unprepared men for duty in Iraq. Narrator Eric Steele uses changes in the volume and force of his voice to differentiate the author's words from those of the GIs; Steele rolls out the abundant profanity just like the men who swore it. He imitates slackers cussing out officers with insolent language that would never fly in disciplined troops. The brisk pace he keeps never impairs his clarity and makes a slow story worth pursuing until the action begins toward the end. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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