Mrs. Mahanay came in this morning to check out Horse Soldiers: the book that inspired the movie 12 Strong currently in movie theatres. Turns out that that lead character in the book (Mark Nutsch) and the movie (played by Chris Hemsworth) is based on a real life Kansas man with connections to people in the Council Grove area through ranching and rodeo.
Battles are fought and won by the hearts of soldiers, as the cavalry-charging Green Berets in Nicolai Fuglsig's 12 Strong prove. Dropped into Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and tasked with the responsibility of rallying local forces against the Taliban, the soldiers were forced to play diplomats as they broke down cultural barriers and earned the trust of a group of people who have spent most of their lives at war. (CinemaBlend)
The Marysville Advocate did a nice story on Mark Nutsch. He sounds like a remarkable man.