From "Gates of Fire":
“There was a quick and heavy volume of fire. And then LTC Kurilla was shot. Three bullets reach flesh: One snaps his thigh bone in half. Both legs and an arm are shot. Kurilla was running when he was shot, but he didn’t seem to miss a stride; he did a crazy judo roll and came up shooting. Kurilla, though down and unable to move, was fighting and firing, yelling at the two young soldiers to get in there.… ”
“Prosser had beaten the terrorist in the head three times with his fist and was gripping his throat, choking him. But Prosser’s gloves were slippery with blood so he couldn’t hold on well. At the same time, the terrorist was trying to bite Prosser’s wrist.…”
Praise for Michael Yon’s battlefield reporting:
“He’s fearless…provides a candid, soldier’s-eye view…from the very unique perspective of being there with them for weeks and months at a time…delv[ing] deep into the human component.”
-General DAVID H. PETRAEUS, commanding general, Multi-National Force, Iraq
“Michael Yon’s voice is the voice of the soldier, often unfazed by what he sees, mission-focused and battle-hardened. These guys don’t scare easily, and they never let up, and Michael tells the story from their point of view.”
-BRIAN WILLIAMS, Anchor, NBC Nightly News
“Cuts through the fog of war…vivid…shocking and mesmerizing.”
-THE BOSTON HERALD
“Yon covers soldiers…the old-fashioned way: He goes down the back alleys and the bad roads.”
-JOE GALLOWAY, author of We Were Soldiers Once…And Young
“…[R]ack[ed] up more time embedded with combat units than any other journalist.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“…I haven’t seen anything quite like the coverage in Michael Yon’s dispatches from Mosul…a compelling narrative.”
-MICHAEL BARONE, US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
“His readers have learned what most Americans would not know from NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR.”
-former NEW YORK TIMES foreign correspondent CLIFFORD MAY
“Michael Yon brings it.… If you want to know what is going on in this war, read him.”
-Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco, and military correspondent, THE WASHINGTON POST
“…[I]nfuriated his military handlers, even as [he] gave American soldiers a robust new voice.”
-THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Michael Yon is an American author, independent writer, columnist and photographer.
In 2008, The New York Times reported that Michael Yon has spent more time embedded with combat units than any writer in Iraq. Michael Yon also spends a great amount of time unembedded. During 2009, he wrote from Israel, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Brunei, the Netherlands, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, and the United States.
Michael plans to spend much of 2010 in Afghanistan because the AfPak war will have a tremendous impact on the United States, Great Britain, NATO, and the region.
His work is supported primarily by gifts from readers.