A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.
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 Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Josh Ray Person (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Evan 'Scribe' Wright (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Antonio Espera (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Lt. Nathaniel Fick (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Lance Cpl. Harold James Trombley (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Evan 'Q-Tip' Stafford (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Walt Hasser (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Gunnery Sgt. Mike 'Gunny' Wynn (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Gabe Garza (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Jason Lilley (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Leandro 'Shady B' Baptista (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Rodolfo 'Rudy' Reyes (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Anthony 'Manimal' Jacks (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. James Chaffin (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Dave 'Captain America' McGraw (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Craig 'Encino Man' Schwetje (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Maj. John Sixta (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpt. Bryan Patterson (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Maj. Todd Eckloff (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Eric Kocher (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Jeffrey 'Dirty Earl' Carisalez (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Meesh (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Nathan Christopher (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Hector Leon (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Pfc. John Christeson (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Michael Stinetorf (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Teren 'T' Holsey (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Michael 'Budweiser' Brunmeier (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Daniel Redman (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Damon Fawcett (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. John Burris (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Maj. Gen. James 'Chaos' Mattis (3 episodes, 2008)
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Following multiple recon marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a group of mixed personalities, you see the dysfunctionality of the military, and on other times, how formalized and heroic it can be. A Rolling Stones reporter joins reconnaissance marines invading Iraq and recounts the mix of horrors and hilarity he encounters during his time there. Written by Ernie Mastroianni

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On the DVD audio commentary, David Simon recalled Neal Jones's somewhat unorthodox audition for the role of Sgt. Major Sixta. According to the story, Jones entered the audition room, immediately began screaming his lines unintelligibly - much like his character does - and then walked out of the room without another word. As he opened the door to leave, he winked at casting director Alexa L. Fogel, and she realized she had the right actor for the role. See more »

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Sgt. Maj. John Sixta: Marines, around this world, would gives they left nuts, to be where you are!
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Referenced in Making 'Generation Kill' (2008) See more »

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True to the Marines. on a personal level.
1 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before some one comments on this mini-series they have to understand that is based entirely in truth. I first picked up the book while I was traveling home on leave shortly after returning from Iraq and read it in one sitting on the plane. One of the things that I find to be the most outstanding about the book and the series so far is that it is true to the people. I don't mean that it gives us something new and authentic to ponder. I can't think of any instance where the book or show goes into the political aspect of Iraq. And you know why. Because Marines don't make policy. They enforce it, regardless of there personal feelings towards it.

I am personally tired of hearing the comments about the show being cliché' If they spend anytime around the military they will find that most of characters portrayed are just like the young men serving. Marines are a different breed. They are asked to do different things that most of society would not understand. Enjoy the show and try not to get your mind wrapped around it to much.


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