Today, the unfortunate news is being passed among the soldiers of Angel Company about the loss of yet another Angel From Hell. For those who read the book will be familiar with the name of Scott MacMillan, who was always a soldier who performed his duties and never caused a disturbance. He was a supreme example of a team player, and for those who had the opportunity to serve with him during his two tours with the company in Iraq know all too well of his constant sarcasm and jokes that made many a miserable day more tolerable. He was only 30 years old and his untimely death comes as a shock to his family and friends, but his legacy will always survive through those who knew him. I find safety in the knowledge that he has many friends in Heaven.
Scott John MacMillan
Died December 17, 2011, in Raymore, Missouri
Now cheaper, longer, and lighter (you know, for all readers that stash a book in your backpack for the train ride to work. I do it too.) The paperback's most obvious change is the cover. I really like this cover as it's a clearer image, and now I don't receive flak from my mother for posing in a photo with my sunglasses on. I don't think she'll understand how sunny it gets and the rays of the sun reflecting off the Iraqi sand can burn ones eyes.
In regards to the content, the paperback offers several additional chapters that were actually written during my second deployment to Iraq in 2009. I wrote them as fresh as they were happening and really spoke from the perspective that I had at the time. In hindsight, sure, I probably would have written a summary of my second deployment for this release, but I had to submit my additional content while I was in Iraq, and I technically had no idea how and when that deployment would be over. So what the reader will get will be my mindset of being recalled, the process an IRR soldier goes through, and plenty of my honest account of my environment and feelings. I read it again the other day and a lot of memories for myself came to the front of my memory banks and it was fun to reflect on how far I've come since then.
Unfortunately, my dedication page was altered to add the name of a fellow and now fallen Angel soldier that I served in Iraq with during the '05-'06 deployment, Sgt. John M. Rogers. He died in Afghanistan on June 27, 2010. Hopefully that's the last name I ever add to this book.
Thank you all again for helping make this book a success. Take care.
- Ryan A.
It is with sad reluctance to announce the death of someone I served with in Iraq during the 2005-2006 deployment to Iraq. Sgt. John Rogers of Arizona, 26, died in Afghanistan on June 30, 2010.
Rogers was an infantryman in 3rd Platoon in the Angels from Hell. He served in Korea for a time before joining the Rakkasans shortly before our deployment. He always was one of the good ones, and had a sense of humor that fit well with so many, me included.
Shortly after our return from combat in 2006, Rogers seperated from the military like me. We talked a few times about the things and people we missed, and I wasn't surprised when he ran away from civilization and returned to the 101st Airborne Division in 2009. I always joked with him that he did the right thing, as I was back-door recalled and sent back overseas with people not of my choosing. I'm glad he returned to the 101st, to continue to bring the fight overseas. It was exactly what Rogers loved and stood for.
He was always particularly close with, sadly, many of those already deceased from Angel Company, all from 3rd Platoon. I find strength that he's got one heck of a reception in heaven with his old comrades, Kemple, Miller, and Subarton, upstairs waiting for him...
... with a shot of Jack.
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