In April, 2004, casualties mount in Iraq. At Quantico, choices focus on increasing troop strength or only replacing casualties. Lt. Col. Michael 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?
Did You Know?
This is the second movie Kevin Bacon has played a U.S. Marine. He played a JAG Marine officer in A Few Good Men (1992). See more
Military protocol says the casket will be loaded or carried feet first. During one of the scenes where they are loading the C-17 one of the caskets is being loaded with the blue of the American flag loaded first. The blue of the flag is always draped over the head/shoulder indicating the head is being loaded first. See more
1st Lt. Dan Robertson (Chance Phelp's platoon commander)
[voiceover, from his 09 April 2004 letter to the Phelps family
It's ironic, but I am certain that if the world had more men like Chance Phelps, there wouldn't be a need for a Marine Corps.
In My Own Way
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
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