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?
Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl was a graduate of Grand Junction High School, in Grand Junction, Colorado, in 1983. See more
In the parking lot where the funeral is to take place, LtCol Strobl is driving a vehicle with a Montana "57 county" license plate. There are no 57 county plates in Montana as the state only has 56 counties. See more
LtCol Mike Strobl
Once per quarter we'll give you a run down on battalion and squadron level readiness and today's briefing will focus on First Marine Division.
Take The Highway
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
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