1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
We Got Him -- The Hunt For Saddam Hussein
June 2003, two Iraqi businessmen approached an American outpost,
claiming to know
important information. What they revealed invigorated American soldiers to pursue
one of the worlds most notorious dictators. Their journey is a grand saga of human experience,
testing every element of character and fortitude in a six-month manhunt that ended at a
hole on the bank of the Tigris River. This account exposes the blow-by-blow plays of
the actual raids that netted Saddam, with never before revealed information.
Written by LTC Steve Russell, Commander of 1-22 Infantry 2003-2005.
LTC Steve Russell in his Command HUMVEE, Iraq 2003
Got Him!" - is the most well known quote from the war in
Iraq. No other event in Operation Iraqi Freedom
caught the attention of the world like the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein.
"A moving, gripping account of one of the most remarkable achievements of soldiering in a generation." --- GEN (Ret) Tommy Franks
extraordinary personal glimpse of the war, a monumental credit to
himself, his troops, and the United States of America."
--- The late Robin Moore, author of "The Green Berets" and "The French Connection"
delivers the most accurate account I have read to date of the...
capture of Saddam Hussein. The brave and heroic actions
of his Soldiers, along with the countless sacrifices and actions by so many of them, have forever shaped the future of the world
in which we live." --- GEN Raymond T. Odierno, Commander of 4ID (2002-2004)
Square in the middle of
the search, living in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, was Lt. Col.
Steve Russell and his men
of 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. "We Got Him!" chronicles the day by day search and the
successes and dead ends as regular and special operations Soldiers tore into Saddam's social networks that concealed
the whereabouts of Saddam. This is a must read for anyone wanting to see the detailed story of this major event in world history.
Taken from his extensive journal notes, interviews with those who were there, and painstaking research, Steve Russell
has preserved the story like only someone who lived the experience can do. Their journey is a grand saga
of human experience, testing every element of character and fortitude in a six-month manhunt that ended at a hole
on the bank of the Tigris River. This account exposes the blow-by-blow plays of the actual raids that netted Saddam,
with never before revealed information, including 32 pages of pictures, many never seen before.
LTC Russell, CSM Martinez and Soldiers
of 1-22 Infantry
at the hole where Saddam Hussein was captured, Iraq 2003
The daily journals written by LTC Steve
Russell during his command of 1-22 IN in Iraq.
"We Got Him" draws extensively from these journals. Steve Russell writes:
"The commanders wartime notebooks that I
kept during our service in Iraq in 2003-2004. These formed the
basis for much of the detail for the book
about the hunt & capture of Saddam. Combined with the combat logs, reports and unit combat action reports, the amount of material to form the accurate story
was immense. I am thankful we were able to preserve so much of it."
Photo from the "We Got Him" Facebook page
Inside the daily journals kept by LTC
Steve Russell while commanding 1-22 IN in Iraq.
Steve Russell writes:
"Inside my commanders notebooks that
formed the basis of much of the material for the book. At the
close of each day, when possible and no matter
how tired, I recorded notes of the days events, raids and combat actions. I often included hand drawn sketches to jog the memory as well.
The result is a detailed chronicle of our wartime service as it happened."
Photo from the "We Got Him" Facebook page
"We Got Him" was first published by Deeds Publishing in 2011.
Threshold Editions of Simon
& Schuster Publishing now owns the rights to
"We Got Him." The book may be purchased through regular book dealer outlets.
To get the book from Amazon.com click on the following link:
Vets for Victory is an
organization founded by Steve Russell and others.
Information on how to obtain "We Got Him" can be found at their website
by clicking on the following link:
Vets for Victory
"We Got Him" has its
own Facebook page. Details and locations of when and where
Steve Russell is available to sign the book can be found by clicking on the following link:
We Got Him - Facebook
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