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Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

ISBN 978-1-4000-6133-4

I bought Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts ISBN 978-1-4000-6133-4 by Robert Kaplan because my footprints are in several of the chapters. I'm walking through the book, able to write the undocumented chapters. My first pass through the main headings leaves me a little uneasy because I think whole swaths of the storyline go unmentioned. While that keeps Kaplan's work tightly focused, it leaves a sterile impression in my mind. Some things sound sanitised and over-played for their human or patriotic dimension. Nonetheless, Kaplan plays carefully with the authentic nature of the American war machine. Halfway into his page-turning prose I encountered 4-23 Tomahawks of the 172nd Stryker Brigade. The 4-23 battalion is proud to have fought in the Indian Wars, along with the Philippine Insurrection, World War II and Vietnam. The motto of the Stryker bridgade's support battalion, one that I've heard in the back of C-141 aircraft: "Opahey." I recognised the word from my time among the Cherokee on the Oklahoma plains. "It's a good day to die".