He didn’t have to go, it wasn’t his job and nobody paid him to do
it. But Michael Yon says he went to Iraq because he wanted to see for
himself what was happening in the war zone.
The 41-year-old former Green Beret and author was embedded as a
freelance journalist with troops last year and used an internet blog to
report on car bombs, firefights and fallen soldiers. He also wrote
about acts of compassion and heroism, small triumphs in the country’s
crawl toward democracy and the gritty inner workings of the military.
Yon’s dispatches have been extolled by readers as gutsy and honest
reporting. His blog has been quoted by major newspapers and TV news
networks, and he has drawn comparisons to Ernie Pyle, the renowned
World War II correspondent who shared the trenches with fighting
Yon followed the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment through
battles against insurgents in Mosul. The unit, which is based at Fort
Lewis, Washington, is known as the "Deuce Four."