The film, “Taking Chance,” is a moving tribute to a 19-year-old Marine who did not return home from military service in Iraq the way his family would have chosen. Instead his body was escorted by Lt. Col. Michael Strobl back to Wyoming for a hero’s burial.

On the day he died, Chance was voluntarily manning a .50-caliber machine gun in the turret of the lead vehicle of a convoy. When facing intense fire, Chance returned fire as he had been trained and saved the lives of fellow Marines until becoming fatally wounded.

During his service of less than a year in the United States Marine Corps, Private First Class (posthumously promoted to Lance Corporal)  Chance Phelps had earned a marksmanship medal, six ribbons, and the Purple Heart medal.

Lt. Col. Strobl’s journal writing about escorting Chance on his journey home inspired the movie, “Taking Chance.” Strobl experienced Chance being treated with dignity and respect by military personnel and civilians throughout the journey. It touched him in a way he would never forget.

Besides dignity and respect this true account includes duty, honor, and hope. Chance stepped up to fulfill his duty, served with honor, and even sacrificed his life to save others for the cause of freedom and to make our world a safer place. In his heroic actions I see hope for our future and our world.

I highly recommend the 2009 movie, “Taking Chance,” which starred Kevin Bacon. It is an unforgettable journey of dignity, respect, and hope.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” 
(John 15: 13)

Read “A Marine’s Journey Home” by Michael Strobl (sfgate.com)

Watch “Taking Chance,” 2009 HBO film.

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