Thursday, December 17, 2009

True life (I do more than hunt 'n fish)

Today's post is brought to you by our local wildlife expert and weather wunderkind, Jeffrey L. Frischkorn. Apparently, he does more than hunt and fish.

Yep, I read as well. And I sometimes even finish what I started on page one. Not always but often enough.

For an early Christmas gift my daughter and son-in-law presented me with a book that caught my attention from start to finish.

Called "Escape In Iraq - The Thomas Hamill Story" the 286-page book details the ordeal that Hamill underwent while a captive of Iraqi insurgents.

In 2004 Hamill was a contract driver who delivered fuel and commodities to the troops serving in Iraq. On April 9, 2004 his convoy came under heavy attack, crippling and disabling a numbers of heavy-duty trucks and killing both contract workers as well as military security personnel.

Hamill was severely injured, his right forearm laid open. He was then captured - a scene that was videotaped by Australian journalists and seen worldwide.

Thus began a 24 day journey as Hamill was shuttled from one hideout to the next, sometimes by sympathetic Iraq citizens and other times by insurgents looking for an excuse to put a bullet in his head.

Hamill worked with author Paul T. Brown in detailing the former's journey as Hamill did his best to keep his spirits up and hoping for a way to escape.

The book also tells of how his family back in Mississippi dealt with the press of international media attention and worries that he would be executed at any moment.

At the core of ordeal Hamill and his family described how their faith sustained them during the trial.

And the ending is how Hamill escaped (no point giving this away since it's a part of history) with the help of Army National Guard troops.

Hate to use cliches but the book is a riveting account and I did my best to devote several hours to the book until I finished it, even as I tried to keep five grandchildren entertained.

Alas, the book is no longer print but likely can be found on the Internet, Stoeger's owner says.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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