1st Lt. Mark A. Bodrog Shares Military Experiences in New Book

Former first lieutenant and infantry officer in the U.S. Marines, 1st Lt. Mark A. Bodrog, looks back at the critical role his unit played supporting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 10.1, in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan in "Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades: A Memoir of the Marines of the Combined Action Company" (published by iUniverse).

"The war in Afghanistan is considered to be America's longest and least talked about war," Bodrog shares. "Less than one percent of America's population answered our country's call after 9/11 and even fewer made the life choice to become United States Marines." Bodrog's true story memorializes not only his men, but also the brave and the bold few still fighting to preserve America and the American way of life.

Bodrog's platoon of Marines and Sailors was one of two selected by his battalion to fully integrate with the Afghanistan National Army Soldiers, to create a combined action company (CAC) capable of conducting counterinsurgency operations throughout their area of operations and adjacent battle spaces. "My platoon, to my knowledge, was part of the first CAC," Bodrog writes, "and I felt that it was my duty and obligation to document the accounts of my men and the missions of the CAC. The idea is not new. Former Marine Bing West utilized combined platoons in Vietnam and detailed their use in his book entitled, 'The Village.' My battalion took this concept to the next level and created a combined company of Marines, Sailors and Afghan Soldiers."

An excerpt from "Second Platoon: Call Sign Hades":

"As if the gates of Hades opened up, my Marines started to pick up their rates of fire, sending hundreds of rounds downrange at the enemy compounds. They then opened up with a barrage of 40mm grenades from their grenade launchers and rocked even more compounds with their LAW rockets."

"As a platoon commander, it was my honor and privilege to write this memoir for my men," Bodrog says. "The men I write about in this memoir are in every aspect, heroes, and their stories should never be forgotten."

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