The war in Afghanistan is considered by most to be America’s longest and least talked about war to date. After terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11, less than one percent of America’s population answered our nation’s call to serve in the Armed Forces. Even fewer Americans made the life choice to become United States Marines.
During this war, two Marine Corps platoon’s were selected by their Battalion to fully integrate with two platoons of Afghanistan National Army Soldier’s in order to create a Combined Action Company (CAC) capable of conducting sustained Counterinsurgency (COIN) operations throughout their Area of Operation’s (AO) and adjacent battlespaces. Inside of this book, you will learn about one of those platoons and how they fought the Taliban during their deployment to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
In this memoir, Bodrog recalls how his platoon of Marines, Sailors and Afghan Soldiers lived, operated and fought in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of the Combined Action Company. In doing so and translucently through the men under his command, the author attempts to immortalize every Marine, servicemen and civilian who sacrificed everything they had to ensure the survival of our great nation, while asking for nothing in return. The missions and stories mentioned in this memoir must never be forgotten or become a lost chapter in our nation’s history.
Discover what it’s like to be one of the bold few who still fight for freedom and gain a deeper appreciation of the Marines and Sailors who served this great nation with Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades.
Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades: A Memoir of the Marines of the Combined Action Company by Mark A. Bodrog was a learning experience. It was a very interesting, personal look into military life and the war in Afganistan. TV and movies give us certain pictures of military life, but this was unique in its firsthand account without the glamorization of the entertainment industry. I had the advantage of having had met the author before reading the book. Being able to picture Lt. Bodrog in the situations made it more real and touching. It was interesting to learn about two different cultures – the Marines and the Afghans and the way they clashed while working together. I recommend this book to anyone curious about the military, and specifically the Marines. I hope that it will give readers a better sense of the important job people in the military have. Our country has so many privileges, in part, due to the protection from our military who defend us against outsiders that threaten our freedoms.
This memoir is a great read for all parents and family members who want to catch a glimpse of what it is like for their young 17-18 year olds who are fresh out of high school and deploy to Afghanistan. What these men went through in this book should truly make you proud. Bodrog is an Officer that truly had the respect of his men. This book gives me hope that there are still great leaders out there.