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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

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Cast

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LtCol Mike Strobl
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Charlie Fitts
Nicholas Art ...
Nate Strobl (as Nicholas Reese Art)
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Chris Phelps
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Navy Chaplain
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Gary Hargrove
James Castanien ...
Robert Orndoff
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Tom Garrett
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MGySgt Demetry
Henry Coy ...
Marine Driver (as GySgt Henry Coy)
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Ticketing Agent
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Ticketing Agent
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Gretchen
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A.V. Scott
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Army Sergeant
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Jeff Mack
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Corporal Arenz
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Major Thompson
Adam Hayes ...
Dover Team Leader (as Sgt Adam Hayes)
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TSA Agent
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Olivia Strobl
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Business Man
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General Kruger
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Rich Brewer
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Robert Rouse
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Sgt. Neuman
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Major Schott
Del Pentecost ...
Minneapolis Cargo Handler
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Minneapolis Cargo Handler (as Dominic Colon)
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Tall Flight Attendant
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Sgt Mulcahy
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Philly Cargo Worker
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Annie
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Stacey Strobl
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Mortuary Technician
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Colonel Karen Bell
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Kelley Phelps
William Wise ...
Larry Hertzog
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John Phelps
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ...
Military Honorary Metal Preparer
Sherman Alpert ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Mortician's Assistant (uncredited)
Gerald Blakey ...
VFW Member at Funeral (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Alana Cadiz ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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VFW Veteran (uncredited)
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Native American Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
Michael Ciesla ...
Army Escort Cleary (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Marine Pallbearer (uncredited)
Ryan Curtis ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
George DelFarno ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Elsbeth Denman ...
Airport Extra (uncredited)
Judah Devoreaux ...
Leiutenant (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Marine Officer (uncredited)
Richard Essig ...
Funeral Goer (uncredited)
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Honor Guard / Air Force Member (uncredited)
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Rancher at Funeral (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
Les Gardonyi ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Uniformed Sentry (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
John Launder ...
MCL Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Kara Laviola ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Dan Lehn ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Mortician (uncredited)
Sean Marrinan ...
VFW Honor Guard (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Gurney Pusher (uncredited)
Joel Ney ...
Chance Phelps' Classmate (uncredited)
Patricia Nicastro ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Jennifer Oleniczak ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Catherine Pierce ...
Woman at the Airport (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
D. Justyn Ryan ...
Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Sue Sadik ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Lenny Safko ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Military Chaplin at Funeral (uncredited)
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Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Tim Schuebel ...
VFW Veteran (uncredited)
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Marine (uncredited)
Bob Socci ...
Marine Retiree at Funeral (uncredited)
Matthew Landon Sparks ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Mitchell Speert ...
Air Force Veteran (uncredited)
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MCL Quartermaster - Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
Jared Uhrich ...
Marine Pallbearer (uncredited)
Kathryn Wahl ...
Funeral Attendee (uncredited)
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Michelle (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ross Katz

Written by

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Michael Strobl ... (screenplay) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.]) and
Ross Katz ... (screenplay)
 
Michael Strobl ... (journal) (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.])

Produced by

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Fred Berger ... associate producer
Lori Keith Douglas ... producer
Ross Katz ... executive producer
Brad Krevoy ... executive producer
Frank Schaeffer ... associate producer
William Teitler ... co-executive producer
Cathy Wischner-Sola ... executive producer

Music by

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Marcelo Zarvos

Cinematography by

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Alar Kivilo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Brian A. Kates
Lee Percy

Editorial Department

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Jason Bretz ... assistant editor: LA
Lisa Cossettini ... assistant editor: LA
Tom Cross ... assistant editor: LA
Libby Cuenin ... post-production assistant
Louisa Forni ... post-production assistant
J.D. Funari ... marketing editor
Elisabeth Gillott ... post-production assistant
Matthew W. Johnson ... smoke artist: Post Logic Studios
Annalise Kurinsky ... digital intermediate account executive
Lou Levinson ... colorist
Jordan Lindblad ... assistant editor: NY
Ali Muney ... assistant editor: NY
Julia Nessling-Douglas ... digital intermediate producer (as Julia Nessling)
Jim Passon ... color timer
Kate Ridgway ... post-production coordinator
Heather Saunders ... post-production assistant
Victoria Stewart ... post-production intern
Joe Finley ... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Jonathan Spafford ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ann Goulder

Production Design by

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Dan Leigh

Art Direction by

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James Donahue

Set Decoration by

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Ron von Blomberg

Costume Design by

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David C. Robinson

Makeup Department

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Richard F. Esposito ... hair stylist
Melissa Ferreira ... assistant makeup artist: Montana
Stephanie Pasicov ... makeup artist
Holly Remington ... assistant hair stylist: Montana
James Sarzotti ... key makeup artist
Lizz Scalice ... key hair stylist
Dina Sliwiak ... makeup artist
Colleen Wheeler ... additional hair stylist
Yvonne Reddy ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Susan Schectar ... additional hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Christine Altomari ... production supervisor: Montana
Lori Keith Douglas ... unit production manager
Janet Fries Eckholm ... post-production supervisor
Carla Raij ... assistant unit production manager
Pamela Winn-Barnett ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert C. Albertell ... first assistant director
Vanessa Hoffman ... second assistant director
Brendan Walsh ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Nicholas Albanese ... construction foreman
Julia Barraclough ... charge scenic
Frederick Bergenson ... construction grip
John G. Boesch ... key construction grip
Krysten Childs ... art department assistant
Brandon Cook ... set dresser
Robert Currie ... property master
Frank DeCurtis Jr. ... set dressing foreman
Guido DeCurtis ... leadman
Louise DeCurtis ... set dresser
Jason Goldberg ... shop production assistant
Robert Gurgo ... key shop electrician
Craig Sherman Hall ... assistant art director: Montana (as C. Sherman Hall)
James Hoff ... stand-by camera services (as H. James Hoff)
Thomas J. Horan ... set dresser
Chris Jordan ... additional prop assistant
Keith Kastner ... best boy construction grip
Bradley Klipp ... set dresser (as Brad Klipp)
Jesse Klipp ... set dresser
Michael A. Kroner ... carpenter
Steven E. Lawler ... construction coordinator
Aiden Levy ... art department intern (as Aidan Levy)
Richard Liebgold ... set dresser
Carlton McClarence ... set dresser
David Moriarty ... scenic foreman
Richie Morris ... on-set dresser
Ivan Pazlamatchev ... stand-by camera services
Morgan Pitts ... first assistant props
Mark Pollard ... graphic artist
Edward P Tadiello ... scenic artist
Susan Tatom ... set dresser
Robert Vaglio ... carpenter
Ashley Wellbrock ... art department intern
Allison Whitmer ... leadman: Montana
Peter Whitney ... scenic industrial
Tomas Zeman ... art department coordinator
Peter DeCurtis ... set dresser (uncredited)
Tyrell Elliott ... prop assistant (uncredited)
Justin Elterman ... additional graphic designer (uncredited)
J.D. Jacoby ... assistant property master: Montana (uncredited) / props buyer: Montana (uncredited)
Victoria Stewart ... art department intern (uncredited)
Zachary Zirlin ... additional graphic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Rick Ash ... re-recording mixer
Jason Benjamin ... boom operator
Tim Boggs ... sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden ... adr supervisor (as Paul Carden)
Rich Crescenti ... adr recordist (as Richard Crescenti) / adr recordist
Rickley W. Dumm ... sound editor (as Rickley Dumm)
Alan Freedman ... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta ... additional sound mixer / sound designer / sound supervisor
David Grant ... sound editor
Dennis Green ... 24-frame playback operator
Catherine Harper ... foley artist
Justin Herman ... mix technician
Joe Iemola ... assistant sound editor
Kim Maitland ... sound recordist
Darrin Mann ... foley mixer
Christopher Moriana ... sound effects editor (as Chris Moriana)
Douglas Murray ... adr mixer
T.J. O'Mara ... sound mixer
Kyle Olmstead ... sound intern
Sam Perry ... boom operator: Montana
Paul Tirone ... adr recordist (as Paul Banks Tirone)
Rick Ash ... supervising re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Kenneth Gilbert ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Kessler ... sound editor (uncredited)
Doug Mountain ... supervising sound engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jeff Brink ... special effects coordinator
Kevin Zack ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Mark Intravartolo ... inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
Matthew W. Johnson ... smoke artist
Chris Kieffer ... computer screen graphics (as Chris Keiffer)
Eric Pardee ... data wrangler: Post Logic Graphics

Camera and Electrical Department

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David E. Baron ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Jim Bridges ... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Bob Calandro ... grip
Ian Carmody ... camera loader: Montana
Daniel Casey ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher DeBlau ... lamp operator
Anne Devereux ... camera loader: Montana
Matthew A. Ely ... second assistant camera: "c" camera, Montana
Paul V. Ferrazzi ... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Montana
Donald Glenn ... dolly grip
Samuel A. Gonzalez Jr. ... lamp operator
Paul Goroff ... technocrane operator
Gary Hildebrand ... lamp operator
Michael J. Kammerer ... dolly grip (as Mike Kammerer) / grip
Reid Kelly ... grip
Scott Koenigsberg ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Gábor Kövér ... camera operator: "a" camera
Sal Lanza ... key grip
Kristopher Layng ... camera intern
Michael A. Leo ... generator operator
Charles Libin ... camera operator: "b" camera
Joseph M. Lyons ... best boy electric: Montana (as Joe Lyons)
Derek J. Manganelli ... camera loader
Hollis Meminger ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Norman ... first assistant camera: : "b" camera
Steve Olsen ... technocrane operator: Montana (as Steven Olsen)
Ray Patrick ... technocrane operator: Montana
Kabkeo Phothivongsa ... lamp operator
Frank Rinato ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ryan Rodriguez ... best boy electric (as Ryan A. Rodriguez)
Gerard Sava ... Steadicam operator
Gregor Tavenner ... camera operator: "c" camera, Montana
Rick Thomas ... gaffer: Montana
John Velez ... gaffer (as John G. Velez)
Thomas Yostpille ... best boy grip (as Tom Yostpille)
Tony Ballew ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bob Becchio ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stu Brumbaugh ... electrician (uncredited)
Buzzy Burwell ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Steve Goodloe ... additional grip (uncredited)
Vincent Lanza ... grip (uncredited)
Charles Libin ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Brian Minzlaff ... set lighting (uncredited)
Daniel D. Sariano ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph Sciretta ... electrician (uncredited)
Craig Striano ... technocrane operator (uncredited)
Andrew Thie ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tina Buckingham ... casting: Montana
Renee Godbout ... background casting associate
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Anne Teutschel ... casting associate
David M. Waldron ... background casting associate (as David Waldron)
Chris Bustard ... extras casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Stephanie Forrest ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Adkins ... costume supervisor
Laura Barreto ... wardrobe coordinator (as Laura F. Barreto)
Catherine Carnovale ... wardrobe intern
Gerald Crawford ... key costumer
Lee Harper ... assistant costume designer
Courtney Hess ... set costumer: Montana
Elizabeth Taylor ... key costumer
Chuck ReCar ... set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jessica Archer ... location scout
Christopher Arena ... assistant location manager
Elvis Cornea ... location assistant
Michael Fucci ... location manager
Sam Gomez ... assistant location manager
Brendan Kehoe ... location assistant
Jeffrey Lederman ... location assistant
Priya Shelly ... location coordinator
Mark Zetler ... location manager
Markus Zetler ... location manager: Montana
J.D. Jacoby ... location assistant (uncredited)
Justin Reid ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael K. Bauer ... music editor: LA (as Michael Bauer)
Johnny Caruso ... music editor: LA
Daniel Coe ... score preparation
George Doering ... musician: guitar (as Georg Doering)
Jennifer L. Dunnington ... music editor: NY (as Jennifer Dunnington)
Chris Fogel ... score recordist / scoring mixer
Matt Franko ... music preparation
Jo Ann Kane ... music copyist (as JoAnn Kane)
Evyen Klean ... music supervisor (as Evyen J Klean)
Sonny Kompanek ... orchestrator
Janet Lopez ... music coordinator
Mike Nowak ... conductor (as Mike Novak)
Victor Pesavento ... music preparation
Philip Rothman ... orchestrator
Peter Rotter ... music contractor (as Peter Rodder)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Marcelo Zarvos ... musician:piano / score producer
William Zeitler ... musician: glass harmonica
Bryan Carrigan ... digital score recordist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Appedu III ... driver (as Frank J. Appedu III)
Chuck Bennis ... transportation co-captain
David Buckman ... driver
Jim Buckman ... transportation captain
Peter Connors ... driver (as Pete Connors)
Dennis Dugan ... driver
Joseph Fay ... driver (as Joseph Fay Jr.)
Kenneth Garrison ... driver (as Ken Garrison)
Steven R. Guglielmetti ... fuel truck
Rich Gutterding ... driver
John C. Hunt ... driver
John Kearney ... driver
Matthew McGuinness ... driver
Brett Michel ... driver
Ken Murphy ... driver
Bill Opel ... driver
Todd Parkhurst ... driver (as Todd T. Parkhurst)
Robert Scanlon ... driver
Christine Schuman ... transportation captain: Montana
Phil Schuman ... transportation coordinator: Montana (as Philip Schuman)
John Sica ... driver
Steve Szucs ... driver

Other crew

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Colin Arndt ... set production assistant: Montana
Sam Arthurs ... armorer
Patrick Barile ... chef
Ercan Bas ... office production assistant
Justen Bennett-Maccubbin ... payroll accountant (as Justen M. Bennett-Maccubbin)
Justin Bursch ... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
Mike Callaghan ... production executive
Jeff Chena ... stand in: Mr Bacon
Angela Coleman ... second assistant accountant
Gregory Cuozzo ... chef (as Gregory M. Cuozzo)
Charles E. Davis ... U.S. Department of Defense project officer
Michael Falso ... assistant: Mr. Katz
Robin Ginsberg ... production accountant
Heather Imerman ... office production intern
Jessica Johnson Tavenner ... assistant production coordinator: Montana (as Jessica Johnson)
Sara Jonsson ... set production assistant: Montana
David Kennedy ... office production intern (as David C. Kennedy)
Matthew F. Lake ... key production assistant
Margaret Maloney ... set production assistant
Francisco Marcial ... parking coordinator
K.C. McLeod ... set production intern
Dan Meehan ... title designer
Susan Mieras ... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Nina Noah ... accounting intern
Ginny Nugent ... production executive
Vicente C. Ogilvie ... Department of Defense liaison officer
Wylie Overstreet ... assistant: Mr. Katz
Paul J. Park ... first assistant accountant
Kenny Pierce ... set production assistant
Travis Rehwaldt ... set production assistant
Ulises Rodriguez ... assistant production coordinator (as Ulises Rodriguez Noa)
Emily Rosenbaum ... set production intern
Nikkia Scott ... office production intern
Jeff Sedwick ... set production intern
Michael Strobl ... military consultant (as LtCol Michael R. Strobl)
Bob Swensen ... title producer: main title
Vic Szalankiewicz ... chief military advisor
Nancy A. Terriberry ... production accountant: Montana (as Nancy Terriberry)
Ashley Terrill ... assistant: Ms. Douglas / clearance liaison
Benny Thomson ... craft service
Christina Ann Walker ... set production assistant
Rebecca Warfield ... production office coordinator: Montana (as Rebecca Tunkel Lambrecht)
Meghan K. Wicker ... production coordinator
Kristen Willerton ... production secretary
Kate Wiltshire ... wrangler: Montana
Robin Wiltshire ... horses and wagon supplier: Montana
Kelly Winfield ... wrangler: Montana
Lou Angeli ... archival footage: Dover Air Force Base (uncredited)
Zach Broussard ... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathy Hayner ... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hjelmstad ... motion picture and television liaison (uncredited)
Jim Jaffe ... product placement (uncredited)
Lisa Kisner ... additional set production assistant: Glen Ridge, New Jersey (uncredited)
Dan Lehn ... stand in: male (uncredited)
Matt O'Connor ... key office production assistant (uncredited)
Joan Preston ... stand-in (uncredited)
Michael Riley ... title designer (uncredited)
Madison Rowley ... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Sinor ... military advisor (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos ... additional craft service (uncredited)
Megan Stas ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell ... clearances (uncredited)
Fernando Vallejo ... production assistant (uncredited)
Christina Walker ... production assistant (uncredited)
Alex M. White ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Sten Iversen ... the producers wish to thank
Paul Sinor ... thanks (as LTC Paul Sinor US Army)

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Plot Summary

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? Written by

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Also Known As
  • L'Honneur d'un Marine (France)
  • El regreso de un soldado (Spain)
  • En soldats sista resa (Finland, Swedish title)
  • A lélek útja (Hungary)
  • Podróz powrotna (Poland)
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  • 77 min
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Trivia When Lieutenant Colonel Strobl and Private First Class Phelps leave the hangar in Minneapolis there is a large Kalitta Air Charter airplane in the background. In 2007, Congress passed a law that military members were no longer to be returned to their families as cargo in the cargo hold of airliners as with Chance Phelps. The remains are now flown by Kalitta on their fleet of small jets. See more »
Goofs When Lt Col Strobl arrives at his motel room in Wyoming before the funeral, the information sheet on the table concerning the services uses the wrong word (Internment) regarding the burial. Internment means imprisonment. The correct word would be interment. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009). See more »
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Quotes 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.
Charlie Fitts: 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.
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