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Col. Walter Morris Herd talks his new book, current events and movie "Lone Survivor"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Special Forces commander Col. Walter Morris Herd speaks about his book that is critical of the U.S. strategy in the War of Terror.

Colonel Herd also compares real military life to the latest movie "Lone Survivor" and believes it is an accurate showcase of the happenings overseas.

Herd has lived and breathed the military for most of his lifetime after becoming a sixth generation U.S. Army official, after joining in 1983.

Herd wanted to shed light on what life is like when serving a tour overseas and wrote a book called "Unconventional Warrior: Memoir of a Special Operations Commander in Afghanistan."

His book takes a fascinating look at the life of a modern-day professional soldier gives the reader an inside view of the deadly global war on terror.

Herd argues that conflicting political objectives have muddied the way forward for the on-the-ground commanders and thus threaten the prospect of any real victory in Afghanistan.

He uses everyday stories to make his points: "One of the local leaders pointed to his wrist and said to my interpreter, 'the Americans have all the watches but we have all the time.' That made a lasting impression on me."

Colonel Herd was one of the highest ranking officers on the ground with a command of some 4,000 elite soldiers from all branches of the U.S. military and five other coalition nations. It was a mission he had trained for all of his life.

Herd became a master parachutist, a combat scuba diver, a Green Beret and an Army Ranger. He conducted combat missions against the Taliban by using the Special Forces mandate to work by, with and through the local population.

About the Author:

Colonel Walter Morris Herd is retired from the U.S. Army, Special Forces.

Herd has served in more than 25 countries, most of his work in Special Forces.

Herd has a BA in History from the Centre College of Kentucky along with three Master's Degrees.

After his military retirement, Colonel Herd worked for a short time as the Vice President of Administration for the 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation.

Herd lives with his family on a farm in Kentucky.

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