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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 Meesh (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Sgt. Steven Lovell (7 episodes, 2008)
Stefan Otto ...
 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)
Sydney Hall ...
 Cpl. Teren 'T' Holsey (7 episodes, 2008)
Justin Shaw ...
 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)
Kyle Siebert ...
 Cpl. John Burris (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Smith (7 episodes, 2008)
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 Cpl. Cody Scott (7 episodes, 2008)
Eric Kocher ...
 Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett (7 episodes, 2008)
Denton Douglas ...
 Cpl. Trevor Darnold (6 episodes, 2008)
Josh Barrett ...
 Sgt. Larry Shawn 'Pappy' Patrick (5 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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40 meres sto Iraq  »

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The real Sgt. Mjr. John Sixta, known for his over the top enforcement of grooming standards, has been charged with child molestation in Yuma, AZ and Riverside, CA. See more »

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Cpt. Bryan Patterson: It's important to remember that they'll never take a recon marine alive...
Gunnery Sgt. Rich Barrett: Oorah, sir.
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Referenced in Medal of Honor (2010) See more »

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throat cancer. just lucky i guess...
14 July 2008 | by (Okinawa, Japan) – See all my reviews

Every Marine that I know who's read this book, and the couple that have caught the first episode has nothing but good things to say about the material. David Simon and Ed Burns did a great job of sticking to the heart of Wright's story--and from what I've heard, even referenced Lt. Fick's personal account (One Bullet Away)--of that deployment as well. As an active duty Sergeant in the USMC, most of my enlistment has involved working with and managing the same kind of colorful personalities seen in GK. I lost track of how many times we laughed at random "unfunny" scenes because the accuracy of the mannerisms, terminology, or situations depicted.

The one thing that caught me off guard was, after watching all the HBO trailers, the lack of music. I kept expecting to hear that campy trailer music sprite up the background, but it never happened. Oh well, you can't win em all.

YOU WILL ABIDE BY THE GROOMING STANDARD.


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