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Maj Galvin - conducting HALO operations in Asia
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About the book, A Few Bad Men.
It is the incredible true story of an elite team of U.S. Marines set up to take the fall for Afghanistan war crimes they did not commit—and their leader who fought for the redemption of his men.
Ambushed in Afghanistan and betrayed by their own leaders—these elite Marines fought for their lives again, back home.
A cross between A Few Good Men and American Sniper, this is the true story of an elite Marine special operations unit bombed by an IED and shot at during an Afghanistan ambush. The Marine Commandos were falsely accused of gunning down innocent Afghan civilians following the ambush. The unit’s leader, Maj. Fred Galvin, was summarily relieved of duty and his unit was booted from the combat zone. They were condemned by everyone, from the Afghan president to American generals. When Fox Company returned to America, Galvin and his captain were the targets of the first Court of Inquiry in the Marines in fifty years.
Here is what people are saying about A Few Bad Men.
“Fred Galvin is the real deal. His dramatic retelling of his experience as commander of Fox Company reads like a thriller, full of twists and turns, filled with unassuming heroes and deceitful villains.” — Rob Lorenz, Producer/Director, American Sniper, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Mystic River, The Marksman
“Fred Galvin has written a real ‘page turner’ that demonstrates how politics permeates The Pentagon and posts abroad…I highly recommend this book.” — J.D. Hayworth, U.S. House of Representatives (Arizona), TV/Radio Host
“This book is a must-read for every American who wants to know why, after twenty long years in Afghanistan, we did not win.” — Jessie Jane Duff, USMC, Analyst, CNN and FOX
“A Few Bad Men is a must-read story of valor, betrayal, and keeping the Marines’ honor clean.” — Jed Babbin, USAF Judge Advocate, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Journalist, National Review, Washington Post
“An incredible account and history of the fighting spirit of the ‘Marine Raiders’ under fire and the relentless fourteen-year campaign by their leader to clear their names.” — Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret.), Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command
“Major Fred Galvin has written an incredible account of how our front-line leadership overcame insurmountable odds. A must read for all leaders.” -- Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) former assistant Vice Chief of Staff―Headquarters U.S. Air Force
“When Marine Special Operations Commander Maj. Fred Galvin went to Afghanistan, he knew, in his own words, that the fighting there was, ‘violent, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.’ In 2007, when he and his company survived a massive Taliban ambush, Galvin felt successful. But a day later a Taliban-orchestrated disinformation campaign alleging war crimes—swallowed hook, line, and sinker by Galvin’s Marine superiors—resulted in an abuse of the military justice system that lasted until Galvin and his Marines were vindicated in 2019. A Few Bad Men is a must-read story of valor, betrayal, and keeping the Marines’ honor clean.” -- Jed Babbin, former U.S. Air Force Staff Judge Advocate
“Simply put, A Few Bad Men captures the difficult nature of raising young men to fight our complex wars—from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and political beliefs—while expecting perfection and good decision making, while under fire, in such a short time. A Few Bad Men additionally illustrates the importance of proper training, leadership, and complete trust in the men and women on the ground fighting on the front lines. This book also shows us how big of a mistake it is to allow politics to get involved during investigations while some are chasing careers at any cost, and that there should be a separation between politics and war fighters to keep those actions that are distinctly different apart, and allow both sides to properly and honestly conduct their jobs. Major Galvin captures this well and explores the thoughts behind rushed judgments, politics, and those on the ground simply doing their jobs the best they can.” -- Sergeant Major Tom Satterly, U.S. Army (Ret.) former Command Sergeant Major of a Joint Special Operations Unit, Combat veteran, Author, Co-founder and Co-CEO of All Secure Foundation
“Fred Galvin’s story is a page turner that reads like the fanciful plot of an A-list Hollywood movie. It’s an extraordinary cliffhanger that deserves attention, and shows just how dangerous ‘fake news’ can be, when no one is willing to stand up for the truth. This is a cautionary tale that should be read by all who are interested in politics, war stories, courtroom drama, and international affairs as this new world we’re living in, where simple lies are being propagated as the truth, is sadly not one that is going away anytime soon.” -- David Jung, Screenwriter and Director of films including Roam, The Possession of Michael King and Genre Summit
“A Few Bad Men reveals how the U.S. military, desperate to protect its public image at all costs, sometimes sacrifices the honor of men in combat. The country’s first Marine special operations unit was falsely accused of killing Afghan civilians, then subjected to years of lies and deceit by top generals. The unit and its commander, retired Maj. Fred Galvin, were ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, but not before their careers were ruined and their honor stained.” -- David Zucchino, Journalist covering the 2008 MARSOC Court of Inquiry for The Los Angeles Times
“We take for granted that our American heroes will be supported by their own country when sent off to war. In A Few Bad Men, Maj. Fred Galvin, USMC (Ret.), and Sal Manna detail the painful story of these seven heroes who, when their honor and freedom were on the line, found themselves abandoned by those they counted on most. It reads like a Hollywood blockbuster but, as Galvin tells in personal detail, it was sadly true. It’s a story I was proud to report for local news in Los Angeles, and it’s now a story every American should read for themselves.” -- Jory Rand, television anchor with ABC-7 in Los Angeles where he covered the MARSOC 7 case for three years
“A Few Bad Men is a journey into the mindscape of the warfighter, fought first on the battlefield, then in the court of opinion, where politicians and Monday morning quarterbacks rule. I believe that ‘the use of force produces many effects, not all of which can be foreseen.’ This book is a powerful depiction of combat and a battle for justice and vindication. A must-read.” -- Jason Van Camp, former U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment A-Team leader, Combat veteran, Executive Director― Warrior Rising, and bestselling author
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Fred Galvin is a retired Marine who served as an enlisted Marine and an officer. He led Force Reconnaissance Marines and Joint Special Operations Forces on hundreds of missions in Africa, Asia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and at sea in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Gulf of Aden.
He commanded the first Marine Special Operations Task Force to deploy and conduct combat operations in Afghanistan, which are the focus of the book, A Few Bad Men.
His military background includes:
26.9 years as a United States Marine.
10 years commanding elite Marine units.
6 overseas deployments on Navy ships.
6 years stationed overseas.
5 combat deployments.
0 Killed In Action in his command.
Defendant during a War Crimes trial for alleged Law of War violations.
The War Crimes trial
Fred successful led a 12-year campaign incorporating bi-partisan and bi-cameral members of Congress, omni-channel media, and grass roots support from the People which led to the complete exoneration of the Marine Special Operators he led in combat.
The day after Fred's military retirement he created a small business where he remains as the principal.
Fred founded and led a 100% to program 501-c-3 charity aiding Gold Star families through awarding eight college scholarships and connecting Gold Star families with professional and collegiate sports organizations.
Fred currently consults an agency providing influence operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Maj Galvin during a boat raid from the Euphrates River into Haditha, Iraq
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