Cancel anytime. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2, confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper.
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Dillard Johnson, commander of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle named Carnivore, begs to differ, and he ought to know. He was at the tip of the armored spear when the invasion was launched.
The Iraqis firing them had forgotten to take the pins out. Calling the Iraqi army not "very professional or well-trained" seems like a dramatic overstatement, if they could neither aim their weapons nor even arm them properly. As I was writing this review, I checked to see if Dillard Johnson is still alive. The reality is that the 3, kills is an estimate of total kills by his entire crew and other armored vehicles around him.
He has time to make that distinction in the text itself. He says the SoF article was written without his knowledge or involvement while he was in the hospital being treated for cancer, and that he tried to correct the story when he learned about it.
Because the overall tone of the book is actually very humble. Just based on the book itself, he comes off as a hard-fighting soldier in a hard-fighting unit. In fact, he spent a lot of time throughout calling out some of his own mistakes and also giving respect and credit to others.
So, I found it a funny at times and tragic at other times memoir that was very worth reading, even if the actual subject matter: massacring unprepared soldiers in a one-sided "war" was not, itself, enjoyable to read at all.
Carnivore: A Memoir of a Cavalry Scout at War by Dillard Johnson - PDF free download eBook
Johnson—one of the most decorated soldiers in the history of the legendary 3rd Infantry Division—and his crew are recognized by Pentagon reports to have accounted for astonishing enemy KIA totals while battling inside and out of the Carnivore, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Johnson commanded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three cancer, he returned to his platoon in Baghdad for a second combat tour, often serving as a designated marksman protecting his fellow troops. But only now is Johnson telling his full story: reviewed and approved for publication by the Department of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly honest autobiography of a remarkable American warrior, as well as a tribute to the men and women with whom he served. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. A few words about book author Dillard C.
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