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Taking Chance

I am always looking for a good movie to watch or a good book to read.  When you don’t have a lot of free time, you want to make the most of your choices.  How many times have been so mad after wasting hours of your life watching a terrible movie or reading a terrible book?  My personal free time is very precious (probably because I rarely get a second to myself) so I am always thrilled to find worthwhile movies or books.  Taking Chance is one of these rare finds.

I don’t even know how I came across the movie but the first time I watched it I was very moved and couldn’t stop crying.

I taught Government for several years to seniors and I would show my students this film at the end of the year.  I was always moved to see students also touched by the movie with tears rolling down their faces. 

The movie plot: 

Taking Chance (http://www.hbo.com/movies/taking-chance#/movies/taking-chance/synopsis.html)

This is an HBO film.

 In April 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC, came across the name of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, a young Marine who had been killed by hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran with 17 years of military service, requested that he be assigned for military escort duty to accompany Chance’s remains to his family in Dubois, Wyo.

Witnessing the spontaneous outpouring of support and respect for the fallen Marine – from the groundskeepers he passed along the road to the cargo handlers at the airport – Strobl was moved to capture the experience in his personal journal. His first-person account, which began as an official trip report, gives an insight into the military’s policy of providing a uniformed escort for all casualties.

Why I liked the movie so much: 

I was not familiar with the process that the US military goes through in returning their fallen soldiers back to their home.  Every detail put into the process is very thoughtful and watching it first hand is very moving.  I remember my mother in law talking about being on a commercial airline flight that flew a fallen soldier back to his home.  Everyone on the plane was very touched when the pilot made an announcement enplaning the meaningful trip. 

Where can I view this movie?

You can rent or buy the movie from Amazon.com

If you have amazon prime, you can watch it for free

A review on Amazon.com


Richard Raitano “docrichr”


“TAKING CHANCE respectfully reminds us that sacrifices are being made everyday by the military serving in combat and their families at home. People are being killed and families are grieving. Troops are coming home with physical and emotional wounds. The very least we can do is to grieve with them and support them, and to pay daily honorable rememberances for their sacrifice.”

I am so thankful for my freedom and for the sacrifices of our military. 

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