Yesterday, after completing work and filling up the patrol car with gas, I checked the Redbox machine at the gas station to see if there was anything of interest. I picked up a Kevin Bacon movie (yeah yeah yeah, he's in 4 out of every 3 movies made, but still...) called "Taking Chance."
Based on a true story, Bacon plays the role of Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, USMC (ret.) who volunteers to escort the deceased body of Marine PFC Chance R Phelps. Phelps was killed in action in Iraq, and Strobl escorts his body and personal effects from the Dover AFB Mortuary Center (where all military members deceased overseas processes through) to his family, funeral and burial in Wyoming. The story evolved out of the escort trip report LTC. Strobl had to write up, and detailed the thoughts, people, and events he experienced over those few days. It was a really touching story. I almost got choked up a few times, which means it has to be a very personally touching story, since I tend to suppress such reactions.
I would recommend to all my readers to take a look at this movie. Afterwards, in the special features you get to hear from his fellow soldiers and his real family about Chance Phelps as a person, family member, and a Marine. It really is a touching tribute to one of the many of our fallen soldiers, may they rest in peace.