Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay

by Montgomery J Granger (Author)

In the haunting melody of Fan Mail, the brothers must decipher notes of love turned sinister to survive the discord that threatens to shatter their family symphony.

Book Description:​

U.S. Army Reserve Captain Montgomery Granger found himself the ranking Army Medical Department officer in a joint military operation like no other before it – taking care of terrorists and murderers just months after the horrors of September 11, 2001. Granger and his fellow Reservists end up running the Joint Detainee Operations Group (JDOG) at Guantanamo Bay’s infamous Camp X-Ray. In this moving memoir, Granger writes about his feelings of guilt, leaving his family and job back home, while in Guantanamo, he faces a myriad of torturous emotions and self-doubt, at once hating the inmates he is nonetheless duty bound to care for and protect. Through long distance love, and much heartache, Granger finds a way to keep his sanity and dignity. Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay is his story.

About the Author

Montgomery J Granger (Author)

Montgomery J. Granger is a three-time mobilized U.S. Army Reserve Major (Ret.), who was called into his Reserve Center in Uniondale (Long Island), New York, on 9/11, in response to the attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, which crashed at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He answered his country’s call to duty next in January 2002 for a mission to help run the military detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was called up again just six months after returning from duty at Gitmo, but this time remained stateside at the U.S. Army Reserve Training Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After nearly six months at Fort Dix, MAJ Granger returned to civilian life for about a year when he was involuntarily transferred to another Reserve Army unit that was deploying to Iraq in the fall of 2004. Major Granger served 14 months of active duty on his third deployment and served in Baghdad, Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca, and Ashraf, Iraq, as Medical Service officer for military detention facility operations. He is married and is the father of five children, and lives on Long Island, New York. He is also the author of “Theodore,” a personal narrative published in the 2006 Random House wartime anthology “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families,” where he wrote about his fear and anxiety over having left his family in 2002, and especially two-day-old Theodore, and what reaction there was upon his return. Operation Homecoming was sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and edited by Andrew Carroll, editor of the New York Times bestselling book, War Letters. Granger was born in Illinois, raised and schooled in Rubidoux, California, and attended undergraduate school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College—Columbia University, where he met his wife. He also attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned professional credits to obtain a New York State School District Administrators’ license. He is an accomplished coach and teacher of health and physical education, having taught in Alabama, California, New York City, and Long Island, before becoming a director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. He was most recently Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and then District Administrator for Operations for the Comsewogue school district in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and is now a Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and Director of Facilities for and east end school district in Long Island. Granger is the author of many writings and musing as yet unpublished, but hopefully soon to be shared with a waiting world.

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