When people think about TEOTWAWKI or SHTF, they envision a lawless world full of looting and chaos. They picture a victorious scenario of winning all the gunfights, and their family, friends, and neighbors all end up unscathed.
After listening to 1LT Harry Golden last week, you know that couldn’t be further from the truth. This Monday, April 22 on the Gun Show, meet Sgt. Thomas A. Middleton, a combat medic who served the front lines while honoring God and his fellow man. Take a moment to get inside the head of a man with so much integrity, that he would actually tend to his enemy’s injuries once the battle ended. Learn about what you need to know to survive in a real life hell. He’s been there, done that, and even written the book. Listen to this show and read more!
“It’s a harrowing tale, seen through his unique perspective as a combat medic.…graphic descriptions and wry gallows humor mixed with reflections on duty and wartime ethics.”—The Times Argus (Barre, Vermont)
The National Guardsman, the citizen soldier called upon to fight for this nation in a time of war, is one of the least understood — and perhaps one of the most compelling — figures of the Iraq War. Saber’s Edge is the story of a middle-aged Vermont firefighter called upon to be a soldier in the worst place on earth — Ramadi, Iraq. In a few short weeks Thomas A. Middleton went from being a suburban dad to a combat medic traveling between platoons, filling in for other medics and engaging in some of the fiercest and most crucial fighting of the war.This is the war as experienced from the ground level: days of tedium interspersed with the adrenalin of combat; moments of lighthearted laughter broken by the sorrow of loss. This is also the story of the unique wartime perspective of our guardsmen. Unlike the raw, unformed young recruit, the mature guardsman often comes with the burdens of family, experience, and a developed sense of self. Accordingly, Sgt. Middleton’s story chronicles the inner conflict created by his long-time professional role as a healer and his newfound life as a warrior in the urban battlefields of Iraq. Thrust into a culture and theater of war that he is little equipped or trained for, the author tries to make sense of his actions. Coarsened by combat and increasingly disdainful of the local population, he receives solace and insight from his life-long faith and ultimately emerges as a man who understands his role in the world.
Saber’s Edge is also the story of the Green Mountain Boys of Task Force Saber: a story of comradeship and communion amid fierce street fighting in a crucial theater of the Iraq War (the eventual site of the “Al Anbar Awakening”). Based on the author’s first-hand experiences and interviews with other soldiers, Saber’s Edgepresents a riveting account of modern urban warfare and the inspiring story of one man reconciling his actions in warfare.
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