Taking Chance premieres tonight at 8pm EST on HBO. From the Synopsis:

In April 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC, came across the name of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine who had been killed by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran with 17 years of military service, requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany Chance’s remains to his family in Dubois, Wyo.

Witnessing the spontaneous outpouring of support and respect for the fallen Marine – from the groundskeepers he passed along the road to the cargo handlers at the airport – Strobl was moved to capture the experience in his personal journal. His first-person account, which began as an official trip report, gives an insight into the military’s policy of providing a uniformed escort for all casualties. The story became an Internet phenomenon when it was widely circulated throughout the military community and eventually reached the mainstream media.

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Posted by Jim Dolbow in Marine Corps

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  • Dave Price

    My wife and I watched it last night. Very poignant. My wife cried for most of it and only the most detached will be able to get through it without choking up in a number of gutwrenching scenes. We were both moved by the story and reminded of how fortunate we are to be part of the military community as well as citizens of a country that continues to produce young men and women who will put their country ahead of themselves. I also think the film did a wonderful job highlighting the fact that most Americans are so proud of their military. In a world where extreme viewpoints tend to get the most news coverage, the simple fact is that most Americans recognize that freedom comes with the extreme cost in lives of some of our finest young people…and they are deeply touched by, and respect those who bear, that cost. HBO’s film is worth the 75 minutes to watch it.

  • Surfcaster

    Well put and if you are going to watch anything, be sure to add this film to the top of the list.

    Read “Taking Chance” at Blackfive: http://www.blackfive.net/main/2004/04/taking_chance.html