A brave book about a brave warrior and the long overdue acknowledgment of the history and the contributions made by the men of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron (aka Air Force Combat Controllers).
— Pete Blaber, former commander Delta Force and author of The Mission, The Men, and Me
men who wear the Medal of Honor do so on behalf of all Americans-past, present,
and future-who serve their country. I'm certain that if John Chapman had
survived the events that led to his Medal, he would be uncomfortable with being
singled out as a hero. But the fact is, that day he saved many lives at the
cost of his own, and dozens of families owe the safe return of their loved ones
to him. Every American should know this story. Thanks to Alone at Dawn, the first comprehensive account of his one man stand
in Afghanistan, we have a chance to celebrate John Chapman's life and the
courageous work of his fellow Air Force Combat Controllers.
— Clinton Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient and New York Times bestselling author of Red Platoon
This is an excellent book about a modern-day hero in a military field that rarely makes the front page.
men who serve in Combat Control whose incredible story is presented in this
book aren't asking for recognition. No late night talk show, video game or film
could possibly begin to convey the intensity of the experience, the fear, the
sense of duty and valor, the bonds that unite these men and, above all, the
inner feelings and motivation of someone who has stepped up and accepted the
challenge of this toughest of Missions.
— Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter, musician, national security specialist
A blend of
military history, wartime drama, and the incredible true story of Sergeant John
Chapman-the first Air Force Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War-Alone
at Dawn delivers blood-pumping action, heart-warming kindness, and an
insider account of the most courageous individuals on the planet. Dan Schilling
makes epic military heroism come alive and reminds us what true purpose is all
about; and Lori Longfritz, John's sister, offers a poignant perspective on her
brother's life, which was extraordinary long before his heroic one-man stand.
— Deborah Lee James, 23rd secretary of the US Air Force
Alone at Dawn is riveting and
powerful. This stunning account reveals for the first time one of the most
extraordinary acts of valor and courage in the annals of U.S. history. With
this book, USAF CCT John Chapman now rightfully takes his place as an iconic
hero of the Afghanistan War. All Americans should honor and enshrine the memory
of such undaunted self-sacrifice and valor.
— Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, USA (Ret.), author of On Killing, On Combat, and Assassination Generation
is a story of heroism of not only of one man, John Chapman, but a heroic breed
of American warriors-Air Force Combat Controllers. It is a gripping
account of Chapman's last moments and pays homage to a brotherhood dedicated to
keep America safe and free.
— Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, Former Deputy Staff Director, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
In this informative and sometimes moving account, author and military veteran Schilling and Longritz pay tribute to Longritz's brother, Medal of Honor winner John Chapman . . . The pacing heightens the tale's immediacy, and reconstruction of Chapman's inner experience packs an emotional punch. This paean to heroism will strike a chord with fans of combat narratives.
— Publishers Weekly
long-overdue account not just of one hero but an entire force of heroes.
Documenting Chapman's final mission, Schilling and Longfritz recreate the
blood-soaked, desperate battle in all its dramatic detail, then fearlessly
delineate the most terrible choice combat can demand. It's a story that will
upset some and inspire many, but will leave no reader unchanged.
— Jim DeFelice, coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling American Sniper
Alone at Dawn is a stunning portrayal of
a true American hero, from an unknown unit of unsung acclaim, and consisting of
unassuming patriots. John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient, exemplifies all
the traits of the most decorated wing in the U.S. Air Force.
— Lt. Gen. Kurt A. Cichowski, USAF (Ret), former Assistant Director, CIA
one of our nation's most elite special operations forces, Combat Controllers
not only jump, dive, shoot, and maneuver with the best, they uniquely combine
these skills with absolute mastery of three-dimensional battlespace to deliver
lethal and precision airpower, making them the deadliest force on any
battlefield. Among even this exceptional and select brotherhood, John Chapman's
heroism on Takur Ghar is without equal in America's longest war.
— Lt Gen Donny Wurster, USAF (ret), former commander, Air Force Special Operations Command