I met John Folsom at al-Taqaddum Air Base in July 2008, and over the years, through our mutual work in support of our wounded, we have remained friends. Smoke the Donkey is a story about two American heroes and their surprising friendship—‘Semper Fidelis’ at its finest. Smoke steals all of our hearts.
Millions of people around the world were introduced to Smoke The Donkey in 2011 as he was transported from Iraq to reunite with his wartime buddy in Nebraska. Now comes the book that tells the rest of their story, which will enthrall families, animal lovers and anyone with military connections.
On a U.S. military base near Fallujah, when Colonel John Folsom meets the little donkey after a general suggests it might be fun to get one. And it was. But Smoke quickly became so much more. A playmate. A parade leader. A way for lonely Marines stationed in Iraq to connect with their families back home through photos and gifts.