Re: Taking Chance Home

February 2009


This is PFC Chance Phelps.

The blog Blackfive originally posted and then published (in the book The Blog Of War) the essay Taking Chance in 2004. They have followed the amazing response to LTC Strobl’s heartfelt piece over the years, and today have letters from the corpsman who was there when PFC Chance Phelps was killed in action and the Marine general who was with them in that battle.

You owe it to yourself to read the original 2004 essay if you haven’t already.

Posted by Chap in Marine Corps

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  • UltimaRatioReg

    LCpl Phelps is representative of all those young hard-charging Marines whose courage and devotion defy description. The Doc’s and Gen Kelly’s letters brought back vivid images of what that place was like, and the loss that each Marine feels with the loss of a comrade. Mike Strobl is as fine a Marine Officer as I have served with in my 22+ years, and the Corps owes him a debt of gratitude for giving us such a poignant reminder of what is really meant by the phrase “Marines take care of their own”.

    Thanks for the post, Chap. URR

  • David

    Great movie and it’s one we all need to see. We should never take for granted the men and women who fight for our country. Many young brave people have died such as Chance and to see how they are honored has got to make you feel proud to be an American. The sad part is that this is a true story and Chance seemed like a wonderful young man. May god look over him and the rest of our brave soldiers.