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Not on My Watch: The 21st Century Combat Medic Paperback – 21 Dec 2004

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (21 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420811452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420811452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,002,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joshua Peters is the recipient of the Combat Medic Badge, and two Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor Device for actions during the attack on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter on 02 November 03. He has been honored with a tribute to Heroism in the Congressional Record of the 108th Congress.Josh Fansler is the recipient of the Combat Medic Badge in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been awarded two Army Commendations Medals for meritorious service. He also possesses the Expert Field Medical Badge and Airborne Wings.Their published works include the newspapers and magazine of Taylor University, the newsletter Brave Rifles, the magazine American Working Dogs, and the book A Salute to Service by Mike Radford.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By review man on 18 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a very raw and open account of what these two soldiers experienced during their tours of duty. I wanted to gain an insight into how medics thought before during and after active duty, and I can say this seems to be the case with this book.

The grammer is not the best though it gives the impression that the author is speaking to you in an interview, at one point you can almost smell the dust coming off the page. It also has extracts from the families of the authors which is an intruiging read.

At times it was a little 'American' in its attitude and seems to skimp on the true details of a contact but towards the end it becomes clear that war is far from heroic. But helps to show you that even in the most trying of times courage, honour and comradeship will show through.

I recommend to read this as it is easy reading, open, insightful and gives you a taste of something you could never truely undserstand unless you go through it yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not On My Watch 24 July 2007
By Joseph Fabel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These two veteran service medics have provided one of the most complete and readable books on the dedication and the demands of the medics who are the first responders for the wounded men and women going into harm's way. At times they question if they did all they could when a buddy "didn't make it". Over and over they reviewed their attempts while providing medical procedures. The stress they underwent while dealing with maiming and death was intense and personal. Their efforts made the difference when the hospital personnel received the injured.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Combat Medics in Action Iraq and Afghanistan 7 Oct 2007
By W. H. McDonald Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book "Not On My Watch: The 21st Century Combat Medic" is by real life combat medics Joshua Peters and Josh Fansler. It takes the reader on an insider's sometimes emotional accounting of what is behind today's headline news. The ongoing war on terrorism has taken a terrible toll on the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and our medics have been there doing what they have been doing for centuries--trying to save lives. This book chronicles very well what their job, duty and life experiences have been like; it makes for fascinating reading.

This book is about sacrifice and about people. The authors do not try to portray themselves as some sort heroes or victims of war but just as flesh and blood men devoted to taking care of their fellow soldiers--doing what they have been trained to. They say that they only represent the many others who are doing the same kind of thing there now.

The book is very readable and flows in a first person narrative that brings the reader right into the action. Both authors did a creative job of blending their own stories into the book. The book is more than current history--it is a story of human beings dealing with adversity. It also deals with life and death and their fight to save lives.

The book should be read anyone seeking a more serious understanding of the war on terrorism from those on the front lines. This book receives "The Military Writer's Society of American's" highest book rating of FIVE STARS! It also gets my personal recommendation. This should be on your list of books to read! One of the best personal memoirs out about this war.
By Rich Malloy - Published on Amazon.com
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First I want to be clear that my review is of the book and writing, not the service of these two fine young men. Having been a medic for15 months in a far less popular war time, I know their work. The book is divided to two sections, one by each, is disjointed. I do not know the relationship of the pair. Their chapters are short. Peters is well sort of preachy, to my way of thinking. Sorry mate. The other, Fanzer is a bit more down to earth. Neither gives you much detail. It is a sort of sketch of a few adventures but the details or human element, just not there. That said, was simply not worth the time to read it. Again, I speak with inference only to the writing of the book, not the honor of these two soldiers. Rich
ok 29 Nov 2012
By kennedy yip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
ok why would I want to keep writing writing and writing while all I wanted to say is good. strange.
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Not On My Watch 27 Dec 2011
By Missing Link - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a very good read if you want to know what the current day medic goes through during times of war. The stories were intense; parts made me chuckle, parts made want to cheer, and parts made me feel sorrow and brought tears to me eyes. I would like to shake the hands of all military persons but especially the medics for giving others a second chance. I'm currently trying to follow my fathers footsteps and become a medic in the Army. I'm being held up by a weiver; I'm really hoping it passes so I can give a fellow soldier a second chance. Thank you for this book.
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