In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Mike Strobl crunches numbers. Stung by his superior's rejection of his recommendation because he lacks recent combat experience, Strobl volunteers for escort duty, accompanying the remains Pfc. Chance Phelps, killed at 19. From Dover to Philadelphia by hearse, from there to Minneapolis and on to Billings by plane, and then by car to Phelps' Wyoming home - person after person pays respects. Kind words, small gifts, and gratitude are given Strobl to deliver to the family on this soul-searching journey. What are his own discoveries? Written by
Did You Know?
This film, like "Bernard and Doris" and Kenneth Branagh
's version of "As You Like It", bypassed movie theatres in the U.S. and went straight to HBO, even though it was not actually made for television. See more
Early in the movie during the scene where the flag-draped coffins arrive on the plane, there is a camera shot of the back loading ramp opening from inside the aircraft. If you watch closely you will notice the ramp is already wet with foot prints as it opens while the soldiers are waiting in the nighttime rain to transfer the coffins. This obviously wasn't the first take, since it makes you aware of the rain outside even before the door opens. See more
LtCol Mike Strobl
I stayed home. I was trained to fight. If I'm not over there, what am I? Those guys, guys like Chance... they're Marines.
And you think you're not? Want to be with your family every night - you think you have to justify that? You'd better stop right there, sir. You've brought Chance home. You're his witness now. Without a witness, they just disappear.
In My Own Way
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab See more