In honor of Veterans Day — especially because I missed the official state celebration this morning in Inver Grove Heights — let’s mention a new book by a Minneapolis National Guard vet who chronicles his tour in Iraq.
It’s called “Bristol’s Bastards: In Iraq With the 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry of Minnesota’s National Guard,” by Nick Maurstad.
Here’s the brief synopsis:
“Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment of the Minnesota National Guard, composed in large part of farm kids from the Midwest who could replace a tank track on the side of the road using nothing but a crescent wrench, Zippo lighter, and a two-by-four, fought alongside the Marine Corps in Anbar province through the deadliest period of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bravo Company earned the nickname “Bristol’s Bastards” after USMC Colonel George Bristol, commanding officer of the I MEF Headquarters Group, adopted this band of fierce warriors as one of his own. Specialist Nick Maurstad, a member of Bristol’s Bastards, brings to life the experience of fighting in Iraq, kicking down doors, dodging IEDs, battling insurgents in the small towns surrounding Fallujah, and trying to help one another survive in the deadliest place on earth.”