sabers edge
a combat medic in ramadi, iraq
By Thomas A. Middleton
University Press of New England
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“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)
A combat medic reconciles his roles as a soldier, healer, and man of faith in a time of war
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.
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