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Marine’s Film Reveals the Secrets to Surviving and Recovering from War

A Marine’s film “For the 25” reveals the secrets to surviving and recovering from war: how to come out alive and to cope with what you did and saw. For Cpl Logan Stark, who made the documentarty with two classmates at Michigan State, making the video is part of recovery.

Reconstructing his unit’s time in Afghanistan from videos shot during their tour and the accounts of several of the Marines, the video brings the viewer into what NPR described as Afghan Hell On Earth. USA Today covered “For the 25,” as well.

The film is dedicated to the 25 men from 3rd Batallion, 5th Marine Regiment who were killed while deployed in Sangin, Afghanistan. At one point the unit lost 9 men in 4 days.

Stark wrote about the film for the USO’s On Patrol. It is excerpted below the video.

Marine’s film “For the 25” reveals the secrets to surviving and recovering from war

 

Cpl Logan Stark, the Marine who made the video, has a fantastic read in USO On Patrol. It’s well worth reading the whole thing:

My unit, [3rd Battalion, 5th Marines], inherited our area of operations from the British Royal Marines. Almost a third of all casualties the U.K. suffered in Afghanistan came from their time spent in Sangin, Afghanistan. Sangin was a testing ground for improvised explosive devices. Insurgents quickly discovered ways around our use of metal detectors, opting to employ crude cardboard pressure plates with a connector small enough that the metal detectors wouldn’t pick it up. Below the pressure plates were homemade explosives packed into yellow cooking oil jugs. We encountered so many IEDs it felt like a blessing to actually get into a gunfight. By the end of the seven-month deployment, our unit suffered 25 killed in action and more than 200 wounded—the most from a single unit during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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I struggled throughout the film wondering if I was doing an injustice to the men in my unit by making it. I could never live with the idea that I had somehow tarnished the memory of those brave men or their families or the thought that asking my friends to relive those moments was only dragging them over the coals again.

Marine’s film “For the 25” reveals the secrets to surviving and recovering from war