Echo in Ramadi
To all of the brave Echo Company “Longhorns” who fought and died defending the freedoms of our Nation both on and off the battlefield.
“The Magnificent Bastards” who battled alongside both in body and in spirit, and to the families who gave their unyielding support to us all.
By Scott A. Huesing
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Special Thanks and Acknowledgement to all of the Marines, soldiers, families, and friends that helped make this book possible.
To all of the contributors I offer my personal “Thank You” for all that you provided. You gave of yourself. You shared your pain, your tears, and your time with me to tell this story. I will never forget your amazing stories and commitment.
"In war, destruction is everywhere. It eats everything around you. Sometimes it eats at you." — Major Scott Huesing, Echo Company Commander
For months from the winter of 2006 through early 2007—250 Marines of Echo Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines fought daily in Ramadi—the deadliest city in Iraq and throughout Al Anbar Province. President George W. Bush called the sudden increase of ground troops in Iraq “the New Way Forward.” The press called it “the surge.” Scott Huesing and the Marines of Echo Company that he led called it “Hell.”
Huesing transports readers to the deadly streets of Iraq in this visceral, gripping portrayal of urban combat. Bound together by honor and surrounded by chaos, they battled on the frontlines of a war without rules against an elusive, ruthless enemy who wore no uniforms and showed little mercy. Page after page, Huesing brings the resilience and bravery of the Marines brilliantly to life and shows how the devastation and terror of combat that left indelible scars on these heroes’ bodies, psyches, and souls. Like earlier classics about men at war--Helmet for My Pillow, We Were Soldiers Once and Young, and Generation Kill—Echo in Ramadi is an unforgettable portrayal of war that will leave readers amazed and, at times, moved by the author’s masterful way of capturing the experiences and emotions of combat.