Black Hearts and Painted Guns: A Battalion’s Journey Into Iraq’s Triangle of Death
A Soldier focus story – Kelly Eads enlisted in the Army in response to 9-11 and deployed twice to Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment. During Eads’ deployments, the battalion would experience thousands of Improvised Explosive Devices and firefights. They would spend countless hours in blistering 120-degree desert heat, controlling roads and preventing enemy freedom of movement; and would dedicate months to hunting enemy mortar teams and terror cells. With the help of Dan Morgan, an Infantry officer who deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan as a commander and operations officer they take the reader on a rollercoaster of combat experiences during the hunt for the most violent terrorist in Iraq, Abū Muṣʻab Zarqāwī, and bring to life the painstaking and horrid details of combat in a sectarian war. They tell the story of the soldiers’ camaraderie, built through adversity, and the love of family that sustained them.
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