PART THREE: ESPRIT DE CORPS
For many soldiers and Marines, war is not fundamentally
about the mission. War is not really about the enemy. It's not even about
patriotism. War is about the man to the left and right of you. War is
about your buddy. And it's that camaraderie, that esprit de corps that
is the glue that holds the U.S. military together. In this hour of To
the Best of Our Knowledge a talk with U.S. soldiers and Marines
who served in Iraq about Esprit de Corps.
Toby Nunn was a Sergeant First Class who served
two tours in Iraq. Home now, he's finding it hard to adjust to civilian
life, but as he told Steve Paulson, he's still taking care of the men
in his platoon. Nunn currently works for the nonprofit group Soldiers'
Angels. Also, Tyler Boudreau is a twelve year veteran on the
Marine Corps. He resigned his commission over reservations about the
legitimacy of the Iraq War. He's the author of "Packing Inferno:
The Unmaking of a Marine." He discusses his experiences and his
decision with Anne Strainchamps. And, John Wrobleski, Sr. Tells
Anne Strainchamps about the day he got the news that his son, Marine
2nd Lt. John "JT" Wrobleski, Jr. Was killed in Iraq.
We hear a bit of the band Drowning Pool, typical of
the music favored by troops in Iraq. Jonathon Pieslak, author
of "Sound Targets: American Soldiers and the Music in the Iraq
War," talks with Jim Fleming about how U.S. forces use music and
who they listen to. Helen Benedict is the author of "The Lonely
Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq." The words of
Air Force Sergeant Marti Ribeiro as quoted in the book are voiced
by actress Carrie Coon. Benedict tells Anne Strainchamps the
shocking truth about the heavy toll sexual harassment and abuse take
on our female warriors.
Brian Turner was an average young American who
volunteered for military service in Iraq. At night he wrote poetry by
flashlight. When his tour ended, he collected his poems into a book
called "Here, Bullet." Turner talked about his work, especially
the title poem, with Anne Strainchamps.
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- Atoms for Peace (Four Tet Remix)/Tom
- Nude/Radiohead/In Rainbows/Radiohead web release
2080/Yeasayer/All Hours Cymbals/We Are Free Records
- Bodies/Drowning Pool/Sinner/Eleven Seven Music
- Hands/Four Tet/Rounds/Domino Records
- Fabulous Diaster/Sik/Buried in Time/Panic Studios
- Here Comes Santa Claus/Alvin and the Chipmunks/Christmas
with the Chipmunks/Capital
- The Ride of the Valkyries/Richard Wagner, Leopold
Stokowski, and London Symphony Orchestra/Wagner Weekend/Decca
- Go To Sleep/ DMX feat. Eminem & Obie Trice/Cradle
to the Grave Soundtrack/Def Jam Records
- Angel of Death/Slayer/Reign in Blood/Sony Legacy
- I Dont Give a F***/ Krayzie Bone, , Lil Jon
& the East Side Boyz, Mystikal/Kings of Crunk/Tvt
- Original theme music for Boots on the Ground:
Stories from the War in Iraq was written by Steve Mullen at Walk
West Productions. http://walkwestworld.com
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