first-hand account of the fierce battle for Fallujah and the
Marines who fought there — a story of brotherhood and sacrifice
in a platoon of heroes
The platoon included four sets of best friends.
Each of the four would lose a best friend forever.
Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima
Company’s 1st Platoon found itself in Fallujah, embroiled
in some of the most intense house-to-house, hand-to-hand combat
since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as
bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives;
suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and
take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline,
fought to the death.
The Marines of the 1st Platoon (part of 3rd Battalion,
1st Marine Regiment) were among the first to fight in Fallujah,
and they bore the brunt of this epic battle. When it was over,
the platoon had suffered thirty-five casualties, including four
This is their story.
Award-winning author and historian Patrick
O’Donnell stood shoulder-to-shoulder with this modern
band of brothers as they marched and fought through the streets
of Fallujah, and he stayed with them as the casualties mounted.
O’Donnell captures not only the sights, sounds, and smells
of the gritty street combat, but also the human drama of young
men in a close-knit platoon fighting for their their lives—and
the lives of their buddies.
We Were One chronicles the 1st
Platoon’s story, from its formation at Camp Pendleton in
California to its near destruction in the smoldering ruins of
We Were One is an unforgettable
portrait of the new “Greatest Generation.”