The Pledge to America: One Man's Journey from Political Prisoner to U.S. Navy SEAL (Hardcover)
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Retired Navy SEAL Drago Dzieran takes readers behind the scenes of his incredible life, from an impoverished childhood in Communist-controlled Poland to his time as a political prisoner, to his twenty years as a member of the United States military’s most elite fighting force.
Everything I have, I owe to America—the greatest country in the world.
I have been fighting oppression and defending freedom my entire life. When I became a United States citizen, I felt it was my moral obligation to give back to this country and the people who had given me freedom. I wanted to serve my new country in the best capacity I could, so when the first Persian Gulf War broke out, I decided to join the military. During my Navy career, I performed over one hundred combat direct action missions in Iraq from 2003 to 2005.
My chance to live as a free man is only possible because of the ideals the founding fathers fought for and that have been carried forward to this day by Americans.
Every person has a voice, and every voice matters. I will continue to encourage others to get involved, stand up, and preserve and cherish the freedom and liberty we have in America.
About the Author
Drago Dzieran was born in Poland while under Communist rule and, after spending time in a Communist prison for his activism against the socialist oppression, immigrated to the United States in 1984. He became a US citizen in 1991 and enlisted in the Navy that same year.
During his Navy career, he was a member of SEAL Team 2, SEAL Team 4, and a BUD/S instructor at Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, California. He performed over one hundred combat direct action missions as an NSW Lead Breacher while deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004, and 2005, where he developed new breaching methods and a specialized breaching charge that minimized fragmentation and reduced potential injuries to non-combatants on target. This breaching charge allowed SEAL assault elements a smaller stand-off distance from the explosive breach and became widely used by SEALs throughout Iraq, saving many non-combatants’ lives. Dzieran was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for Valor, the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” Device for Valor, and the Army Commendation Medal, along with other awards and decorations.
Following his honorable retirement after twenty years in the Navy, Dzieran began a successful career as a software engineer. He founded the Navy SEALs Fund (www.navysealsfund.org), a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission of providing support for all generations of current, retired, and former UDT/SEAL teammates and their immediate dependents as well as Gold Star Families. He also founded ConnectZing (www.connectzing.com), a freedom-of-speech platform that gives a voice to all Americans without the worry of censorship or socialist fact checkers.
“I had the honor of serving with Drago Dzieran in combat. He exemplified everything a warrior should be: smart, courageous, aggressive, disciplined, determined, strong, loyal, and patriotic. I knew he would never let me down. This book, detailing Drago’s incredible life, provides a detailed insight into the heart of this warrior—and offers an inspiring story for every American.”
— Jocko Willink, US Navy SEAL LCDR (Ret), Bestselling Author, and Podcaster
“Drago is a legend in the SEAL Teams as a lead breacher and operator. This book is full of hard-won wisdom and inspiration! He gives a clear image of what it’s like to grow up in Communist Poland not long after World War II. His insights will inspire us all to be more grateful for our nation and to be better citizens and better human beings. Given the state of our political environment, we should read Drago’s words, listen to his wisdom, and be very careful and diligent to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy. Outstanding read and hard to put down!”
— Ed Hiner, Navy SEAL LCDR (Ret), Bestselling Author of First Fast Fearless and GUTS
“As Drago says, we did not go to war to defend freedom for only certain people, we fought for All Americans. His love for this country is infectious, and you will come away from this book with a stronger sense of pride for America and renewed faith in our ability to overcome differences with neighbors to make this country better tomorrow than it is today."
— Marcus Luttrell, US Navy SEAL (Ret), Bestselling Author of Lone Survivor and Service: A Navy SEAL at War
“Drago is the finest Navy SEAL I’ve had the honor of serving with. Not only was he able to bring together two great units of Special Operations with Polish GROM and US Navy SEALs, but he is most known for his prowess as a Master Breacher. He’s the guy who gets the team in and then fights right next to them. Drago’s story is one of great appreciation for the freedom he found in America, and his effort to every day give back to America—keeping it the shining beacon of freedom for the world.”
— Rob O’Neill, US Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, Bestselling Author of The Operator and The Way Forward
“Drago’s contribution to our joint, GROM and SEALs, operations has become legendary in Poland among GROM and in the US among his SEAL Brothers, especially his breaching expertise. His new breaching charges allowed us to conduct operations with less risk and less danger to non-combatants on target; while at the same time, with less fragmentation, allowing us to stage in closer proximity to the explosive breach and gain faster access to target.”
— Pawel Matenczuk, Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan Veteran of Polish Special Forces GROM
“Drago’s desire to give back to America for his freedom goes far beyond his incredible service as a Navy SEAL. Drago is also the America-loving patriot, always standing by to remind you of how great this country is and why we need to keep working together as one for the next generation. Drago is a proud, great American, and I am honored to call him my dear friend.”
— Rich Emberlin, Dallas Police Dept. SWAT (Ret)
“Drago has lived his life taking a stand in the never-ending war for freedom and liberty that each generation must wage against the creeping virus of socialism and totalitarianism. Whether that was on the streets of Poland facing down the Communist and Socialist threat to his homeland or as a decorated US Navy SEAL on the war-torn streets of Iraq, Drago has lived his American value system at the risk of his own life. This book is a must-read for every American who wants to preserve the precious liberty and freedom Lincoln called ‘the last best hope on earth.’ As an immigrant, his voice rings true for me in a way that I wish every American could understand and stop taking for granted. As citizens of the USA, we owe our country a debt for our freedom. That debt is our loyalty and will to preserve the gift we received for the next generation. My friend Drago has made a major contribution to that effort. Buy this book. Read it. Learn from it. Then act on it.”
— Sam Falsafi, Immigrant from Iran; Lead Trainer, Warrior Week, the world’s #1 transformational program for married business men with children