Konrad Ludwig grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and as a teenager, enlisted in the Army. Ludwig saw combat during the American troop surge in a hotly contested part of Baghdad known as Sadr City. In August, Ludwig expects to publish his combat memoir, “Stryker: The Siege of Sadr City,” and is using the online fundraising tool Kickstarter to help cover publishing costs. He answered questions from the La Cañada Valley Sun via email.
Sun: What prompted you to enlist in the military?
Ludwig: The way I saw it, our country had the power to make a difference and evil prevails when good men fail to act. Back then I believed in what we were doing, I waved the flag, I had pinned the little yellow ribbon on my backpack and I figured that it was worth the price, but eventually I realized that I wasn't paying that price. I was just sending young men like me to go fight and die for what I believed in so I could sit back at home, watch it all unfold on TV and feel good about myself for “supporting the cause.” I met every prerequisite to go — so if I didn't, who would?