Taking Chance

January 2009


Over the last decade there has not been very many opportunities for the military community to give a polite nod to anything coming out of Hollywood. We seem to have an exception.

If you are not familiar with the story of Lieutenant Colonel Strobl, USMC and Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, USMC, then I invite you over to my place to see the trailer for “Taking Chance.”

The path from sacrifice to movie started with a MilBlog, BLACKFIVE here in APR 04. You can get his update from yesterday here.

Posted by CDRSalamander in Marine Corps

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  • Byron

    Be prepared to have something in your eyes. You can’t help but get a little teary after reading this. And bravo to HBO for making this into a movie! I’m not surprised though, since HBO also did “Band of Brothers”, what I consider to be not only a damn fine movie with incredible acting, writing, and direction, but one of the best war movies ever.

    I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    CDR Salamander,

    Thank you for posting. Byron is right, something in the eyes this morning. I had the pleasure of serving with Mike Strobl, and was in Ramadi that grim Good Friday when LCpl Phelps was killed. This looks like a must-see.


  • FOD Detector

    CDR must not get out much. Oh well, he can always fire up ‘The Green Berets’ in the DVD player.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    Seems I am detecting something else from you. And it isn’t thoughtful and respectful commentary. Which is perhaps why those who serve would gladly trade a thousand of you for one LCpl Phelps every day of the week and twice on Sunday. URR

  • Thank you for posting this!

    Thank God for our Marines!

    Byron my eyes teared up. As they do everytime I watch Band of Brothers – I love that series.


  • Byron

    FOD, you just went over the line. You passed “troll” and went straight to “bitter old man”. Sorry to hear that.

  • FOD Detector


    I see you’re off the ‘bomb Iran now’ train and are joining CDR in his ‘Hollywood hates the military’ martyrdom.

    Over the past decade, Hollywood has produced quite a few films or series extolling the military. “Band of Brothers,” “BlackHawk Down,””Letters From Iwo Jima,” and many, many others.

    Whining does not become you.

  • Byron

    Says FOD, who has never turned down the offer of a block of cheese…

  • UltimaRatioReg


    Other than you, who said anything about Hollywood? Or bombing Iran? But hey, you seem to know what I think about everything, and even more amazingly, why I think it. Great for a trick on Dick Cavett, but not for here.


  • Lori C

    I just saw the movie “Taking Chance” It was a heartfelt movie from both sides of the spectrum. As a military wife and a friend of someone who was killed in Iraq, I’m glad to be able to see the dignity each Soldier, Marine, Air Force and Navy member comes back to at Dover. Thank you all for probably one of the most difficult jobs that you have to do to give honor to each of our men and woman who have died to keep us free. The movie is a must see, it was made with Dignity, Honor and Respect. I enjoyed the fact it was a “real” movie not alot of Hollywoods spin on it. Kevin Bacon was outstanding in this film.

    My heart also goes out to the Family of Chance Phelps, your son will never be forgotten. He will always be in all of our hearts along with the rest of our men and woman who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. God Bless you all

    Lori C
    Fort Bragg NC, Special Forces Wife

  • R Still

    I stumbled on this movie Saturday night and I thought
    oh no, another Hollywood anti-war movie ! Not the case
    What a heart warming surprise. I have a new respect
    for Kevin Bacon. I recommend this to anyone. No
    violence, no bad language just a great show of honor
    for the military. I will watch it again.

  • Taking Chance, was a truly honorable film, I felt humble, grateful & proud. Kudos to Kevin Bacon.I had those same feelings after reading ‘Flags of our Fathers, but Clint Eastwoods film did not inspire those feelings, rather it cheapened the image of those brave young men, who should have been honored as Chance was.

  • rick cardoza

    I found the movie deeply moving and a memorial to all our fallen heros