Lynn Vincent and Captain Roger Hill: Dog Company-A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned By Their High Command

ARMY OFFICER UNLOADS ON P.C. CULTURE ENDANGERING U.S. MILITARY

Capt. Roger Hill says political correctness released enemies back to battlefield and got his men killed  

Echoing Trump, former officer asks, “Does America have what it takes to win wars anymore?”

In Wardak, the most violent province in east-central Afghanistan in 2007, U.S. Army Captain Roger Hill was faced with a dire situation.  His 89-man unit, Dog Company, part of the Army’s storied 101st Airborne Division, was taking heavy losses.  Since their arrival, a third of his men had been wounded, and two recently killed on what should have been a routine patrol.  The insurgents always seemed to know when and where to hit his troops.

With the help of an Army counterintelligence team, Capt. Hill discovered a dozen enemy spies had infiltrated their base, posing as local civilian workers.  The spies were swiftly captured, but with danger still closing in from every direction, Capt. Hill faced an excruciating choice: follow the maze of rules and procedures that treat enemy detainees with velvet gloves, or do what is necessary to protect the lives of his fellow soldiers, for which he was responsible.

With no help coming from the Pentagon and a deadline that would have forced him to release the suspected spies within 96 hours, Capt. Hill took matters into his own hands and carried out interrogations to get the truth.

A West Point graduate and decorated soldier, Capt. Hill was deemed an exemplar of the modern combat commander: courageous, motivated, and, above all, dedicated to his men.  He took command of Dog Company, 1-506th, in 2007, just after the unit had returned stateside from the hell of Ramadi, Iraq.  Its men were brilliant in combat but became unpolished at home, where paperwork and inspections soon filled their days.  With tough love, Capt. Hill and his First Sergeant, an old-school former-drill instructor named Tommy Scott, turned the company into the top performer in the battalion.  When the time came to join the battle in Wardak, the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in eastern Afghanistan, they were ready.

But the discovery of enemy spies in their own camp changed the game entirely.  Abandoned by his superiors, Capt. Hill was suddenly confronted by an agonizing dilemma: follow Army rules, the way he always had and accept the risk of mortal danger, or damn the rules, likely to his own ruin, and protect the men he’d grown to love.

By choosing the latter, Capt. Hill was prosecuted by the Army and given a less-than-honorable discharge in 2009.

Comments

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    The true crime here is that we lose great ground combat commanders and competent, well-seasoned senior NCOs because of political correctness and power-hungry, inept, behind-the-scenes leadership! Obama’s rules of engagement and favored military leaders were/are probably more dangerous than the enemy. These stories remind me of situations my father found himself in Vietnam. A dedicated and loyal Army Ranger, my father, also witnessed officer cowardice and unlike Capt. Hill, had little respect for ribbons and awards as they were handed out like candy to those who were wounded by paper cuts in Saigon, while his soldiers’ awards were held up or never submitted.

    I am so sorry for Cpt Hill, 1SG Tommy Scott and all the brave soldiers of Dog Company. You ARE the warriors I Want on the Wall … what has become of this culture? The military is our fighting and killing machine. Once you commit them to war, you better understand it isn’t going to be pretty, but had these troops been at least supported there would not have been any issues. My father did tell me of an incident in Vietnam where they had to hand over a VC prisoner to the South Vietnamese military for interrogation … he said he heard that kid scream all night long. We are better than that, but when it comes down to them or us … well, do you want to survive? What happened to the Afghan traitors/insurgents/enemies was nothing! This is a WAR, duh!!!

    I hope Ltc. DiMartino realizes and lives with his pathetic legacy as well as the others that lied or ran from the truth. Integrity is a true caliber of one’s character and is harder and harder to find because of leadership like what Hill and Scott were confronted with. They can stand proud and I hope they make millions off this book (I know that isn’t the purpose and I am glad the story was able to be told)!

    Everyone should have to read this. It should also be taught in military schools and how to circumvent useless, incompetent, ineffectual leaders like DiMartino. General Milli (?) is another problem, someone who knew what was going on was wrong and turned a blind eye. If he has any honor, his complicity in this should weigh heavy on his heart. He was someone who could have made a difference by relieving or leaning on DiMartino.

    Thank you for writing this book and bringing these HONORABLE men’s story to light!

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