Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force

The New York Times bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.
In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate.
Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides.

John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.

Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger.

Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.

Title:Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781538729656
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  • Victoria

    ** I received an advanced reading copy from a Goodreads giveaway3.5/5 starsBefore reading this book, I had no idea what a Combat Control Team was. I appreciated the history and the background of Airfo...

  • Darlin

    I've never been into war history, but I swear this book has a way of pulling you in. This beautiful brutal story is a must read. *I won a early reading copy*...

  • N

    I had the special pleasure of reading “Alone at Dawn”, the true story of Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman. It is a heart wrenching story of life and death on the battlefield. This non-fiction...

  • jared ackerman

    Merc Werk.I’ve met two CCTs as a Marine and Contractor and they’re the most down to earth genuine guys I have ever had the pleasure to know. During the Surge in 06-07 Iraq we ran route clearance w...

  • Christopher Pokorny

    This is the great story of John Chapman, an Air Force Combat Controller (CCT), who died supporting a SEAL team during Operation Anaconda. His heroic actions on the battlefield, shared in these pages, ...

  • Carl Pohrte, Jr

    Thank God for men and units like John Chapman. A primer on Special Ops.This book is a primer on our Special Ops Warriors. Second it is a story of the arduous path both mentally and physically these in...

  • Robert

    It really did not deserve a three, but I gave one anyway, because I wanted to learn more about John Chapman. This is a great book with so much background that it didn't tell the story of TSGT Chapman ...

  • Terence

    A book written in honor of John Chapman. It reads like a legal document or military report at times, going into too much detail. It also seems to work hard to prove that CCTs are better than other spe...

  • Alex Bryan

    Alone at Dawn is largely the story of the CCT with numerous individuals' contribution in the division during war, including John Chapman. Prior to this novel, I was unfamiliar with the CCT and it was ...

  • Anthony Wahlberg

    I enjoyed reading about the heroic actions of operators in Afghanistan. At times it was a little difficult to follow which team it was referring to and back tracked every now then and that made it a l...