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Alone at Dawn

By: Dan Schilling,Lori Longfritz
Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel,Betsy Foldes Meiman
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The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.

In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,000-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness, alone with the enemy closing in on three sides, beginning the most difficult and exceptional fight of his life. 

John Chapman's incredible display of valor - first by saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, aware that he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad - posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly 50 years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.

Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams, but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision - even in the face of life-threatening danger.

Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Dan Schilling and Lori Longfritz (P)2019 Grand Central Publishing

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"The men who serve in Combat Control whose incredible story is presented in this book aren't asking for recognition. No late night talk show, video game, or film could possibly begin to convey the intensity of the experience, the fear, the sense of duty and valor, the bonds that unite these men and, above all, the inner feelings and motivation of someone who has stepped up and accepted the challenge of this toughest of Missions." (Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter, musician, national security specialist)

"Alone at Dawn is riveting and powerful. This stunning account reveals for the first time one of the most extraordinary acts of valor and courage in the annals of US history. With this book, USAF CCT John Chapman now rightfully takes his place as an iconic hero of the Afghanistan War. All Americans should honor and enshrine the memory of such undaunted self-sacrifice and valor." [Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, USA (ret.), author of On Killing, On Combat, and Assassination Generation]

"As one of our nation's most elite special operations forces, Combat Controllers not only jump, dive, shoot, and maneuver with the best, they uniquely combine these skills with absolute mastery of three-dimensional battlespace to deliver lethal and precision airpower, making them the deadliest force on any battlefield. Among even this exceptional and select brotherhood, John Chapman's heroism on Takur Ghar is without equal in America's longest war." [Lt. Gen. Donny Wurster, USAF (ret.), former commander, Air Force Special Operations Command]

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Brilliant - Emotional - Tragic

A great true story of special forces and the reality of human management which when it goes wrong always creates casualties

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Awesome Storyline, 👍

Awesome Storyline, I highly recommended, this book,

Gives a very detail overview of the role of Combat Controller

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Amazing story with hero’s and the flaws of leadership

Thanks for this account if a terrible part of War anywhere- leadership not working together, ordinary soldiers faced with the horrors of the damage weapons wreak on human beings. Will we all ever learn to live in peace ? I doubt it as war happens because the aggressors with the biggest forces or reason to fight have no morality and live for only themselves.

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Great Listen

Well read out, great listen. Also have the physical book in my collection. John Chapman needs a movie done about his heroics. RIP Hero...

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Loved the listen. Book was well writ with lots of feelings and was conveyed well

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Respect!

Respect, to the soldier, his family, friends and brothers in arms. Thank you, to the author and the narrator. Well done. I honestly enjoyed the book and got ridiculously emotional for ALL reasons.

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Excellent

The ultimate Warriors....and to all our veterans and serving members thank you......for your service

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A disgrace, made right

I thought I knew the story of the battle of takur ghar. I didn’t.
The actions and last hours of Chapmans life are heartbreaking but inspiring. I wouldn’t say the same about the seal team, or their head shed. Hindsight is 20/20, and I get that to go and clear his body in a firefight where the initiative was well and truly with AQ, and the most vicious fighters they had: the Chechen mujahideen, was probably a bad move.
But to lie about it, repeatedly, have a member receive a MOH, then try to interfere when the Air Force rightly fought to upgrade Chapman’s award, is something that’s unbecoming.
At the end of the day, what matters is the man received what he rightly deserved, and his actions reflect his life. But I understand the negative view of the author regarding the seal element.

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