We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

by Patrick K. O'Donnell

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Overview

A riveting first-hand account of the fierce battle for Fallujah during the Iraq War and the Marines who fought there—a story of brotherhood and sacrifice in a platoon of heroes

Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, found itself in Fallujah, embroiled in some of the most intense house-to-house, hand-to-hand urban combat since World War II. In the city's bloody streets, they came face-to-face with the enemy-radical insurgents high on adrenaline, fighting to a martyr's death, and suicide bombers approaching from every corner. Award-winning author and historian Patrick O'Donnell stood shoulder to shoulder with this modern band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306815737
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 266,040
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Patrick K. O'Donnell is the author of eleven critically acclaimed books, including Beyond Valor, winner of the prestigious William E. Colby Award for Outstanding Military History.

What People are Saying About This

Bing West

A magnificent tale of combat-mixing valor, grit, love, blood and sacrifice. This book defines what it means to be a Marine grunt.
—Bing West, author of The March Up and No True Glory

Hampton Sides

Here in these gripping pages is the Iraq War's fiercest battle, seen from the adrenaline-charged vantage of a few Marine buddies who are part of the next "Greatest Generation." We Were One is feelingly narrated by an intrepid war historian who risked his own life to capture every raw minute of their story.
—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers

J. N. Mattis

As an embedded journalist in an Infantry Platoon, O'Donnell paints an authentic picture of our Nation's most precious assets--the Marine Riflemen--engaged in one of their fiercest fights. We Were One is a gritty, boots-on-the-ground account that enables readers to witness the overwhelming will and courage of Marines as they move against the enemy.
—J.N. Mattis, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Willy Buhl

Pat O'Donnell was with us on the ground in Fallujah-house to house. His story is historically accurate and describes the greatest personal and professional test of our lives. We Were One is destined to be a classic of urban close combat, and honors the memory of all who made the ultimate sacrifice for their brother Marines. I am deeply thankful that Pat kept his oath to Lima Company.
—LtCol Willy Buhl, CO Task Force 3/1, Operation AL FAJR

Carlo D'Este

We Were One is a dramatic tale of courage, hardship and the extraordinarily difficult challenges faced by a gallant Marine unit in one of the world's most deadly places. Patrick O'Donnell brilliantly and compassionately recounts the story of our American sons called upon to fight, bleed, die, and survive in a hostile land.
—Carlo D'Este, author of Patton: A Genius For War

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We Were One 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This past summer I was wearing my 'Marines : Camp Fallujah' shirt in D.C. when the author approached me and asked about my experience. I shared some stories from my time fighting outside Fallujah from Jan-Aug 05 with 3/8, and he showed me an advanced copy of the book he had with him. I was both shocked and pleased at the raw emotion and vivid portrayal of my brother Marines in combat that O'Donnel has managed to communicate on the pages - he hasn't left anything out. Just talking to him I know the experience has had a profound impact on him as it has on the rest of the Corps, and I can't recommend this book enough. Semper Fi, Tim Howard.
ski00m More than 1 year ago
Great book. Read it in 2 days. One of the best books of the Iraq war yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former active duty Marine and grunt who served in Lebanon in 1983 this book is what the marines are all about, We take care of our own and fight for each other. This book is what Marine leadership, courage and Honor are all about at the platoon and squad level.and shows that our marines of today serve us proudly once again in harms way
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book let's the people know a positive side of the war. This book tells the story of a brotherhood that not many can understand until to read it or see it.This book shows how marines no older than 24 can come together and take on the bigest,meanest mother out there and still make it fall. We Were One tells the full story nothing added by the auther or something he made up. Trust me i know i was there. My name is Lcpl Lowe i was a saw gunner in Lima Company 1st Platoon 3rd squad. Let Me tell you i read this book and it was so detailed i felt i was back on the streets of fallujha. The description of the smell,sites and crazynes that was going on. Let me tell you dont think about buying this book just do it you wont be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As only 14 years old and with a cousin who most likely fought in this battle I decided to read this. It tells the hardship, grief, heroism, and relief of the Marines who fought and died in the battle to take back Fallujah and most important of all keep you and me and America a free country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who opposes war, I began to read this book with great reluctance. However after reading this book, it truly depicts war as the title says 'WE WERE ONE'. I have a new found faith and view of our incredibly brave men. As long as these men continue to fight for our freedom, in the way that they due, against incredible odds and terror...then I to must be faithful and brave in my support of the troops. For it is my freedom that they sweat and bleed for everyday! Patrick O'Donnell has brought the battle against terror into my living room. I could not put the book down! Thank you Mr. O'Donnell for the fresh perspective and your honor, courage and bravery!! You truly are an AMERICAN HERO!! This is a must read as seen from the eyes of the author in the midst of the terror!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My heart hurt reading the experiences of the young men of the 3/1 in Fallujah. Thank you to the author for capturing & sharing the emotions, deep bonding, comradery and selflessness of these Marines. I salute and thank you all. Semper Fi!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the above book review I am compelled to respond: How unfortunate that Honor, Sprit de Corp., and idealism isn¿t to be incorporated into the annals of history. Have we learned noting? What was the overriding factor in the US withdrawing in Vietnam? What ideals were the initial US combatants motivated by? What were the ideals of those that fought just prior to the pullout? Entirely different, why? How did that affect the overall campaign? Not only is there a lot of history in the book but also a glimpse into a very near future of Iraq. When a force is well trained, equipped and psychology prepared for a ¿cause¿ and that ¿cause¿ is in keeping with the forces host countries precepts and synergy then there is produced units similar to those found in Mr. O¿Donnell¿s book. Inversely, if this same force, over time, is not operating in a manner both military effective to the type of situation at hand, not following the voiced precepts of their homeland then the both the effectiveness and world perception deteriorates to only the very real mentality of fighting to keep you and yours alive. History is not only facts, figures, and format but also the mental and emotional age and stability of both its fighters and their country. We were forced to withdraw from a very similar situation not so long ago because no one paid attention to the emotional and mental foundation of the troops and their motivation. The motivations provided to them by politicians, the public and world opinion. These men¿s story is a very important part of history and a barometer to be viewed if we chose to reduce our blind spots in dealing with insurgents and terrorists today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Marine in 2nd plt, lima company, 3/1 Pat O'donnel takes me back to the best memories in my life. A roller coaster ride of emotion, anger, sadness, and delight. Embedded with Lima Co. Pat witnessed the next greatest generation deal with death, hardships, friendships, and the many fogs of war. The readers of this book will be shocked, and dazed as they browse through the pages of this true account of war at its best, and the best that fought it!! To those who read it.......... Semper Fi Cpl Brenden Wright 3/1 Lima Co. 2nd Plt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book. You'll sleep better knowing these kinds of kick ass warriors are protecting this country.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is purely amazing. O'Donnells description of events is vivid any easy to imaginate. There are some spelling/grammer errors in the book but personally i could care less about that. I would recommend this book to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former Soldier in the United States Army, I find this book to be very informative about the realities of the war of Iraq. As told first hand from Patrick O'donnel who actually experienced the events on a daily basis. The heroic actions of these Marines should also be distributed in a Movie as was the case with the Rangers of Somalia from 'Black Hawk Down'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding description of one of this century's most horrific battles. This book tells you what the media or government won't. The life and death struggles of the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice. A must read if your want to know how brutal war can be.