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“Warflower: A True Story of Family, Service, and Life in Alaska”
By Robert Stark; Secret Garden Alaska, 2022; 352 pages; $16.99 paperback.
Robert Stark, who grew up in Alaska and today lives on the Kenai Peninsula, was a teenager with little ambition and plenty of self-doubt when a military recruiter at his Seward high school encouraged him to sign up and “see the world.” And so he did. Soon enough, as an airborne infantryman, he found himself parachuting into Iraq. It was March 26, 2003, at the beginning of the Iraq War. He was there, he thought, to retaliate for 9/11 and free Iraq from the murderous Saddam Hussein. The people of Mosul swarmed the streets to welcome their American liberators. For the next year, Stark patrolled Kirkuk and surrounding areas, searching for terrorists and weapons by breaking down doors and terrorizing residents. He later returned for a second tour, providing security for a general.
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