Texas A & M University : Black Hearts Book Analysis

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Texas A&M University Black Hearts Book Analysis Jesus Gomez MLSC 421-502 CPT. Speakes 10/23/14 Black Hearts is a non-fiction book about a platoon of soldiers from the historical 101st Airborne Division in the 502nd Infantry Regiment which was activated during World War II and has served in the Vietnam War, first Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The book describes the unit’s deployment in 2005 to Iraq to the region known as the Triangle of Death which was south of Baghdad which was one of the country’s most dangerous territories at that point in the war. The platoon that is written about in Black Hearts was 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion. The leadership in this platoon was toxic all the way from the top starting with Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Kunk. By the end of the deployment 11 of 1st Platoon’s 33 members were either dead or in jail for murder. I believe it was because Lieutenant Colonel Kunk injected nothing but a negative style of leadership to the leaders below him because he was slacking many of the Army leadership traits like empathy. Murphy’s law demonstrated that everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The good leaders that 1st Platoon needed died early in the deployment and with a combination of multiple things like poor leadership and combat exhaustion lead to a total war mentality to the platoon. Early in the deployment Sergeant Kenith Casica died and he was one of the leaders that
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