Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted with permission from The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood, now available from Thomas Nelson. Copyright © 2011.
Donovan Campbell has always pursued excellence. After he graduated with honors from Princeton University, he finished first in his class in the Marines’ basic officer course and later went on to graduate from Harvard Business School. Campbell served two combat deployments in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. He spent a little more than six months in Ramadi, Iraq, at the height of the violence, from March to September 2004. For his outstanding service in that war-torn city he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and a Bronze Star with Valor. His book, Joker One, is an account of his tour in Ramadi. Here, from an interview on my radio show, Campbell describes what he learned about leadership, sacrifice, heroism, and courage in his tenure there, embodying to the fullest what the U.S. Marine Corps stands for.
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