Sergeant: You know, a lot of recruits, myself included, lose a big part of their personality when they go through boot camp. But, Chance, he comes back from boot camp, he sure as hell was a marine, but he was still Chance. Same old wise-ass smile. He could get away with anything just by flashing that grin. Our first mortar attack in Ramadi, everybody's yelling, Grab your kevlars! Grab your flaks! We were all scared, you know? Like ''welcome to Iraq.'' Everybody's running, trying to get to the bunker. He's got his shower shoes on, grabs his rifle, runs outside, he's like, ''where they at?'' Everybody's yelling, ''Phelps, get your ass back in here, man! Take cover!'' He's still standing outside. in his shower shoes.
Mike: Sir, last night I read the DOD Announcement about PFC Phelps. He is from my home town, Clifton, Colorado. Sir, if the duty does fall to us. I would be honored to escort him home.
Sir: It's a little unusualfor an officer to escort a PFC.
Mike: I would very much like to do it, sir.