Lt. Col. (Ret.) Nathan Sassaman

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Nathan Sassaman graduated from West Point in 1985. He was captain and quarterback of the Army football team, rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a single season and led the Cadets to their first post-season bowl victory over Michigan State. In August 2003, when his patrol came under attack, Sassaman braved machine gun and R.P.G. fire to drag one of his wounded soldiers from his vehicle. Then he chased down the insurgents, killing or capturing all of them, and earning himself a bronze star for valor in Iraq. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. His thrilling memoir, Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq, detailing his year in Iraq was published by St. Martin’s Press.