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A Few Bad Men

By: Major Fred Galvin USMC (Ret.),Sal Manna
Narrated by: Victor Bevine
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A Few Bad Men is the incredible true story of an elite team of US Marines set up to take the fall for Afghanistan war crimes they did not commit—and their leader who fought for the redemption of his men.

Ambushed in Afghanistan and betrayed by their own leaders, these elite Marines fought for their lives again, back home.

A cross between A Few Good Men and American Sniper, this is the true story of an elite Marine special operations unit bombed by an IED and shot at during an Afghanistan ambush. The Marine Commandos were falsely accused of gunning down innocent Afghan civilians following the ambush. The unit’s leader, Major Fred Galvin, was summarily relieved of duty, and his unit was booted from the combat zone. They were condemned by everyone, from the Afghan president to American generals. When Fox Company returned to America, Galvin and his captain were the targets of the first Court of Inquiry in the Marines in fifty years.

©2022 Maj. Fred Galvin, USMC (Ret.), with Sal Manna (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing
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Always Faithful - Marine Corp, are you?

My son served under Galvin in Afghanistan, saw the removal of a top notch officer for a politically correct officer. My son continues to fight with the demons after being out of the Marines for close to five years. May Gid have mercy on our Country and our Corp.

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Excellent story that is well written

This is an extremely important moment in recent history. Fred Galvin and Sal Manna have done us a huge favor by telling this story in its truest detailed form. The Men of Fox Company deserve our attention and respect. They deserve to have their reputations restored.

It’s an awesome book and I feel honored to now know more details of a story that has been in legend for so many years.

Thank you for writing this book Sir!
-Always beside you

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Evil and selfishness

Our government is corrupt and full of people who don’t work for us, but, for themselves.

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Must read!

It should be on the Commandants reading list but it will end up on the contraband list.

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Just wow…

Wonderfully written but shocking story

I was not familiar with the events described in this book but I am heartbroken for the lives that were damaged and countless struggles faced by these men who went to work and did their jobs, correctly.

The fact that these types of things happen is extremely distressing and that leadership behaves in a manner such as this troubling to say the least.

Hats off to the Congressman who stood up to do the right thing

I’m so glad you shared your story Sir, thank you…I wish you the best possible life.

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Senior Marines Leadership Failures

A must read of how the leadership in the US military has become a joke. Our failures in Afghanistan become clear after reading this book on how Fox Company is completely thrown under the bus by corruption within the senior leaders of the US military.

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Major Fred Galvin is a TRUE hero & GREAT MARINE!

I simply have to start by saying that I am so proud to call myself a marine when I see a brother like major Fred Galvin— my admiration for him is absolutely boundless, and my empathy for what he & Fox Company endured and were put through by invertebrate superior officers, who were marinated in their own narcissism, had me seeing blood in my eyes!

Listening to this story absolutely enraged me. To hear of the mindset, the anti-American bias and belief system, the political state of mind of American General officers and Colonels in charge of combat units—REAL Warfighters—in one of the most dangerous places on the planet made me nauseous.

The way they instantly defaulted to unquestioningly believing our enemies—known terrorists on our Intel terror watchlist—whilst ignoring the truth from the mouths of our own Marines, who were behind their guns, ON the field, engaged by a viciously treacherous enemy left me with a knot of anger in my throat and a pure RAGE in my heart and soul. As a long-retired Marine from 1st Recon it left me sad and sick.

I used to believe that General James Mattis was a Marines’ Marine—always there for “his guys.” This book opened my eyes WIDE! I’m not sure why I ever thought that his carefully curated image was a thing that I could believe unquestioned, but I was self-deceived, probably for my own morale. I’m wide awake now—Mattis is a politician, not a warrior.

What’s more, he’s STILL a Democrat—with ALL that ideology has come to mean to me after the last few years: Disgusting and preposterously left leaning.

It’s easy to be a badass when other Marines are stopping the bullets, but to throw Fox Company under the bus on NO EVIDENCE but that from the enemy’s money-grubbing, prevaricating, abject fantasies—spewed from the reptilian mouth of a known terrorist, proudly engaged in taqiyya and FLAGRANTLY lying about HIS OWN and other Afghan Taliban’s roles in ambushing Fox Company’s US Marine convoy? Then apologizing and paying MILLIONS to those same terrorists who were pandering to the ready-to-hate-Marines international media? Before even taking a minute to examine evidence? It leaves me sick and revolted—Mattis gets no more respect from me ever.

I’m one who had the Mattis shirt that I wore proudly—but now I’m ashamed that I didn’t question the image. He’s less than nothing to me now—I used his shirt to wipe up dogshit on my driveway before I got the joy of burning it in my lawn/tree debris disposal pyre.

To Major Fred Galvin, and the Marines of Fox Company: as an American, I wholeheartedly apologize to y’all for how you were treated. You guys are heroes snd the paragon of what it means to be a US Marine to me. I hope that I was the kind of Marine that you all are and always were. To Major Galvin: I salute you sir, and would gladly have carried my rifle behind you. Semper Fidelis; Celeri Tacet Mortiferum!

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Nothing we didn’t already know about Uncle Sam

These men were put through hell, and that was after the roadside bombs, machine gun ambush, and the miles long gun fight just to survive…..then they return home to disgusting self loathing always apologizing Obama appointees who tried to destroy their lives and reputations…..Honorable men held their ground and eventually won the battle with the full weight of the pentagon against them

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Great Behind The Scenes Look at Politics In The Marine Corps

I’ve never listened to an Audio Book from beginning to end. The story is so well presented. It keeps you engaged and it’s absolutely disgusting the devastating politics and power held at the Star level. The jockeying for rank at anyone’s cost. Glad to hear the whole story. Semper Fi Major Galvin. The Marine Corps needs more senior officers in their ranks like you!

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A must read for Veterans.

I went into this after a Mike Ritland Mike Drop interview with the author and as a former action guy, 0321, willing to follow down a rabbit hole with the Major. What I found in listening to the case was that any small, fast and light unit, like the platoon in was part of in Somalia in 92-93, could have been rolled up in a boondoggle like this. Things happen and everyone is trying to do there best but taking care of the men around you is first, fear causes- hesitation causes your worst fears to come true. My platoon had a huge arms seizure and we were told ee were recon Cowboys and were sent back to the USS Tripoli, not a shot fired. Just a Major (US Army)worrying about the optics with the UN while taking over from the 15th MUE SOC. The wrong officers or NCOs can turn things upside down if they think they could get in trouble for doing the right thing. Integrity, you only have so much you can give away. A Few Bad Men is written by an officer that is a Leader.