Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan. A riveting story of American fighting men, it’s an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.
“It is easy to be a virtuous person in good times. It is easy to be judged a success when luck runs with the fortunate son. But when adversity strikes, the true measure of a person percolates to the surface.”-Outlaw Platoon
Takeaways From Outlaw Platoon
1.When you feel overwhelmed by life, keep moving under fire and don’t freeze: “Every training exercise we’d been through emphasized moving under fire. Stay in place, the enemy wins. You become easy meat, or you allow yourself to be pinned down, unable to fight back or escape.”
2. You will only experience true love with people who go through hell with you: The Outlaw Platoon author said, “I love these men. I’d never said that out loud before. Perhaps there are no heroes, just men who are not afraid to love.”
3. The best thing about the worst time of your life is that you get to see the true colors of everyone you cared for. Speaking of #2. I’m finding more and more that people that I was there for in the past are ditching me now. Needless to say I’m finding out their true colors!
4. When you are just about to lose, surprise everyone by attacking not just defending: “I thought of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment on day two of the Battle of Gettysburg. All afternoon those Union men had repelled wave after wave of Confederate attackers. Finally, with more than half the regiment down, their commander, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, ordered a final, desperate bayonet charge into the teeth of the attacking force.”
5. Keep positive. No matter how difficult your life seems, someone has it 100 times worse: “Fifteen feet from the boy, we both gasped and stopped in our tracks. Under a shock of dirt-encrusted black hair, we saw a disfigured face (of a boy) about six years old. His eyes had been gouged out, the sockets burned black by whatever heated implement had been used to do the deed (torture).”
6. Stay Grateful In the midst of all life’s difficulties, stay grateful. Have gratitude for living and breathing another day and always try to keep moving forward.