In early October, I spoke with John Tintera via Skype about my upcoming book, Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons from Marine Corps NCOs, which is coming out on November 22, 2011 from Osprey.
On Friday September 9, 2011, I spoke with John Tintera from Osprey publishing about our new book, Code Word: Geronimo. The book is a graphic novel published by IDW that retells the dramatic raid by SEAL Team 6 on the compound of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011. The book’s artists are Gerry Kissell ( The A-Team, Army of Two, Alan Wake, and Iron Sky) and Amin Amat (Karl Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Buckaroo Banzai, Alan Wake, Iron Sky and The Battle at Little Big Horn). Afterword material and comments are by John M. Del Vecchio, author of The 13th Valley and Carry Me Home. Dale & I are are the co-authors.
In the interview, I speak about how the book came about and the difficulties Dale and I had in ensuring it’s accuracy. As I say in the podcast, “It was difficult, not because of a lack of information, but because there was too much.”
As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, I received an email from Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard. He recalled the Coast Guard response on that tragic day, and I realized with all the coverage going out over the airwaves this week, the Coast Guard story is one that is little-known and under-appreciated.
When the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower, junior personnel from then-Activities New York immediately and instictively responded. The called went out for all boats to respond to lower Manhattan. While the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet moved inshore and served as command and contol platforms, and reserve and Auxiliary forces mobilized, hundreds of tug boats, ferries, and just about any type of watercraft imaginable responded to the call and formed a boatlift that safely evacuated 500,000 people in just nine hours.
Rescuing these terrified civilians from the piers and seawalls while the towers burned was an historic accomplishment–the largest sea evacuation in history, even larger than the evacuation of 339,000 British and French troops off the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.