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  1. D16Civic

    D16Civic Matt

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    Restrepo - National Geographic Movies


    Just watched it last night. It's a documentary on the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan and the soldiers who spent a 15 month deployment there. Basically the worst of the worst in terms of conditions overseas for our military. Pretty gripping stuff. It can be streamed for anyone who has Netflix.
     
  2. 90_EF_Hatch

    90_EF_Hatch Señor Member

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    Yes sir. I netflixed it the other day. It is an amazing documentary. I didn't realize there was any fighting that intense in this war.
     
  3. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    will have to look into this
     
  4. jeffie7

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    Added to my list.
     
  5. D16Civic

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    approximately 90 minutes
     
  6. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    I caught it on Nat Geo. I was glued to the TV.
     
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    I got unlazy and looked it up, you beat me before the edit.
     
  8. Drake

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    Neither does 98% of America.

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    Ill be picking up the book that the director wrote as well. Its called War. And there is a photo book entitled Infidel as well.

    The first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam war was involved with Operation Rock Avalanche as well. Link to his story below. His name is Salvatore Giunta Staff Sergeant in the United States Army

    Medal of Honor Winner Salvatore Giunta on Bravery, Brotherhood, and the Korengal | VF Daily | Vanity Fair
     
  9. D16Civic

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    I have to admit I'm probably one of the 98%. The film really shed a lot of light on the entire issue.

    Seeing a man cry in the middle of a firefight when he found out one of his comrades had been killed was gutwrenching.

    I don't know how anyone could watch this and not think these guys are all heroes. Every single one of them.
     
  10. Drake

    Drake Well-Known Member VIP

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    If you ever get a chance to talk to a combat vet in person. I have wept more than a few times talking to good friends of mine about their combat experiences. Hearing someone you have known your whole life tell you a story about an RPG-7 being launched at him directly only to have a stabilizer fin break off a few meters before impact will make you cry like a bitch.
     
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    most of my friends wont even talk about it. i've tried. they just say, "i'm good" or "i don't talk about it".
     
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    Isn't that what the picture is saying though? Those guys are doing the fighting while we sit and shop.
     
  13. SlushboxTeggy

    SlushboxTeggy It's only stupid if it doesn't work VIP

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    Yea. I generally don't ask.

    My one friend was on leave from Iraq and another friend said, "So you kill anyone?"

    Chris said "Yea" then started talking about something else. Jose continued to ask, "Really, how many?". Again, Chris answered, "Don't worry about it." Then started talking about something else.

    Another friend, also Chris, was in Afgan the first time around. He talked about it once when absolutely drunk. The one part I remember vividly was, "You have no idea what it feels like to throw a grenade at a bunch of people. I didn't want to, but they would have killed me." By the end of the statement he was balling.

    Then I have other friends that are absolute adrenaline junkies. Anthony showed me a picture of bulletproof glass with a huge impact smash in it. "That was an RPG. If it had gone off I'd be dead. Stupid asshole didn't pull the pin".
     
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    Its been my experience that a lot of guys don't want to talk about it because people ask retarded questions like "Did you kill anyone". Also people do not really understand why they do the things they do. I have read mountains of books written by guys from Iraq and Afghanistan and the only thing I am sure of is I have no idea what in the hell it would be like to go down range. I know that I will never understand what my friends and family have experienced and in some ways I think that is why some of them have talked to me. Because I know better than to judge anyone in that situation.

    Here are some of the books I have read to help get a better understanding of what some of my best friends have gone through or experienced.

    Amazon.com: On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society (9780316330114): Dave Grossman: Books
    Amazon.com: One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer (9780618773435): Nathaniel C. Fick: Books
    Amazon.com: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (9780316044691): Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson: Books
    Amazon.com: Generation Kill (9780425224748): Evan Wright: Books
    Amazon.com: House to House: A Soldier's Memoir: David Bellavia, John Bruning: Books
    Amazon.com: Ambush Alley: The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War (9780891419112): Tim Pritchard: Books
    Amazon.com: We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah (9780306815737): Patrick K. O'Donnell: Books
    Amazon.com: Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper (9780312336868): Sgt. Jack Coughlin, Lt. Casey Kuhlman, Donald A. Davis: Books
    Amazon.com: The Village (9780743457576): Bing West: Books
    Amazon.com: Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-team at War (9780312353339): Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt: Books

    The Village is about Vietnam but its still a great read. On Killing explores the impact that killing has on our service members. It is a great read. Anyway, thought I would share my thoughts and some books for any of you guys that would like to read up on some of the other stories coming out of Iraq and A-stan.
     
  15. Hondadude141

    Hondadude141 ¿pɐǝɥ ɹn ɥʇıʍ uıop nɥɔʇɐʍ

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    When I was at Ft. Benning, I trained under a guy in the movie. He was a SPC in the movie and now he's a SGT getting promoted to SSG here in a couple of months. He was still pretty messed up from the deployment, and he had some PTSD issues that the strongest meds can't fix.

    The worst thing you can do is ask a combat vet, "Hey, what was it like?!" or "Did you ever kill anyone?!" If they want just let them come out and talk to you. I have quite a few VERY close friends that have seen some pretty messed up shit, but have told me because I DIDN'T ask about it. So consider yourself privileged if you get to hear a few stories out of a combat vet.
     
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    Just watched it, a good movie. poor cow.
     
  17. 90_EF_Hatch

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    what? it was all mangaled in the fence. I think the asshole just wanted the money to fund his terrorism anyways

    he should have accepted the beans
     
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    Yeah that was clearly a case of mooicide.
     
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    same. Most won't talk about it, it's all anecdotal stuff if you ever hear anything.
     
  20. BodyDroppedNikes

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    i watched it this morning after reading this thread.definately a good movie! those soldiers ate good after eating that cow they had to to kill that got tangled up in the wire from what it sounded good. and that one guy was pissed that they wouldnt give him money to pay for his cow...lol.
     
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