From: Spotsylvania, VA
Below are two sections from an article from today's Fredericksburg, VA paper about a forthcoming HBO movie "Taking Chance."
Links to the article, the original column on which the movie is based, a trailer for the movie and the transcript of the interview with Lt. Col. Strobl and Kevin Bacon, who plays him in the movie, are at: http://www.fredericksburg.com/
Free Lance-Star; 11 Feb 09
'Chance' comes to Virginia
Lt. Col. Michael Strobl never met Chance Phelps.
But he has ensured that the world will not forget the 19-year-old Marine lance corporal who died on Good Friday, April 9, 2004, in Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was ambushed. He'd been in Iraq two months.
Strobl, of Stafford County, volunteered to escort the body of the young Marine home to Dubois, Wyo., and wrote about his experience.
His journal has become an HBO movie, "Taking Chance," which debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival. Its Virginia premiere was last night at Marine Corps Base Quantico, where Strobl was stationed when he volunteered for the duty.
The film details the handling and transport of remains, from the air base in Germany, to Dover, Del., and eventually the return to the family.
"This story isn't about Iraq. It's about America," he said. "I think the story is timeless. In my mind, it makes no difference that Chance happened to have been killed in Iraq. This story isn't about Iraq."
It is about remembering--not just Phelps--but fallen service members and veterans from all time periods.
"Chance's dad was a Vietnam vet," Strobl said. "Chance's sister was in the Navy. Her fiance, now husband, is in the Army and, of course, Chance is a Marine.
"There are so many other families they don't know anybody who is or was or has been in the military. I think this movie will--I hope it will--make people stop and think a little bit about the sacrifices those families make."