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    Movies about Marines: what do they get wrong? What do they leave out?


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    Nothing like the chow hall. Oh that's another thing... I remember when you couldn't get SOS anymore. Boots don't even get the pleasure of wolfing that down anymore. Sad f'n day. Sad day


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    Well, I've never seen a movie of the Corps that portrayed the way we grunts lived like animals in Nam. Went as long as 2 months without a bath. Wearing utilities till they rotted off your stinking body. Using your K-bar to scrape the fungus off your feet and crotch area. Sometimes only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night for days on days. Having to ration your C-rations because they can't get supplies to you. Drinking water dead bodies are floating in. Being eat up by insects day and night. Stomach aching and ****ting nothing but lumpy brown water. Pulling leeches off your brothers back. Laying in mud during the torrential rains trying to smoke or rest. Always wondering if a sniper has you in his sights. Praying your weapon doesn't jam up in a fight fight. Other than that.....they are right on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    Well, I've never seen a movie of the Corps that portrayed the way we grunts lived like animals in Nam. Went as long as 2 months without a bath. Wearing utilities till they rotted off your stinking body. Using your K-bar to scrape the fungus off your feet and crotch area. Sometimes only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night for days on days. Having to ration your C-rations because they can't get supplies to you. Drinking water dead bodies are floating in. Being eat up by insects day and night. Stomach aching and ****ting nothing but lumpy brown water. Pulling leeches off your brothers back. Laying in mud during the torrential rains trying to smoke or rest. Always wondering if a sniper has you in his sights. Praying your weapon doesn't jam up in a fight fight. Other than that.....they are right on.


    My grandfather was a Marine in Vietnam. Thank you for all you endured and did.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    Well, I've never seen a movie of the Corps that portrayed the way we grunts lived like animals in Nam. Went as long as 2 months without a bath. Wearing utilities till they rotted off your stinking body. Using your K-bar to scrape the fungus off your feet and crotch area. Sometimes only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night for days on days. Having to ration your C-rations because they can't get supplies to you. Drinking water dead bodies are floating in. Being eat up by insects day and night. Stomach aching and ****ting nothing but lumpy brown water. Pulling leeches off your brothers back. Laying in mud during the torrential rains trying to smoke or rest. Always wondering if a sniper has you in his sights. Praying your weapon doesn't jam up in a fight fight. Other than that.....they are right on.
    Let's not forget the difficulty of trying to sleep with everyone wacking off every night. I've never seen that in the movies. And grunts are not shy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mongoose View Post
    Well, I've never seen a movie of the Corps that portrayed the way we grunts lived like animals in Nam. Went as long as 2 months without a bath. Wearing utilities till they rotted off your stinking body. Using your K-bar to scrape the fungus off your feet and crotch area. Sometimes only sleeping 2 or 3 hours a night for days on days. Having to ration your C-rations because they can't get supplies to you. Drinking water dead bodies are floating in. Being eat up by insects day and night. Stomach aching and ****ting nothing but lumpy brown water. Pulling leeches off your brothers back. Laying in mud during the torrential rains trying to smoke or rest. Always wondering if a sniper has you in his sights. Praying your weapon doesn't jam up in a fight fight. Other than that.....they are right on.
    Sounds like Afghanistan to me. Without the leeches, or the mud. But the poor chow, the sniper attacks and oh yeah being EOD, the IED's always proved for some rather sporty entertainment. Kill Locker was a great EOD movie even if it was Army, but the only part I truly could relate with was being mesmerized by the multiple choices at the grocery store, drove me bat ****.


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    Quote Originally Posted by madinfidel View Post
    Nothing like the chow hall. Oh that's another thing... I remember when you couldn't get SOS anymore. Boots don't even get the pleasure of wolfing that down anymore. Sad f'n day. Sad day
    The Marine Corps no longer has chow halls, or mess halls. They are not called dining facilities.


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    Old Marine, next you'll be telling us they don't have slop chutes either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by advanced View Post
    Old Marine, next you'll be telling us they don't have slop chutes either.
    Cocktail Lounges.


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    Ya really wanna know ?

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    It's really impossible to capture the espirit de corps and sense of brotherhood we share on film. Likewise impossible to re-create the horrible beauty of war, or the internal conflict among those of us who both loathe it and love it. No movie that I've seen has got it "right". I tried getting my old man to watch "Generation Kill" (about 1st recon during the Iraq invasion) and he made it through the first two episodes before telling me "this is pornographic" and turning it off. That's the closest I've seen to how things actually were when I was in, and it still didn't really come very close. Normal people, the uninitiated, don't really want to know or see the things we do. They think they do, but at best they've got a stylized idea of what really occurs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by silveradomick View Post
    It's really impossible to capture the espirit de corps and sense of brotherhood we share on film. Likewise impossible to re-create the horrible beauty of war, or the internal conflict among those of us who both loathe it and love it. No movie that I've seen has got it "right". I tried getting my old man to watch "Generation Kill" (about 1st recon during the Iraq invasion) and he made it through the first two episodes before telling me "this is pornographic" and turning it off. That's the closest I've seen to how things actually were when I was in, and it still didn't really come very close. Normal people, the uninitiated, don't really want to know or see the things we do. They think they do, but at best they've got a stylized idea of what really occurs.
    Well said.


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    Comparing real life to the movies is dumb. The movies and video games dont show you what the military is really like. Field day, Police call, waiting around till 19 2000 for 1st Sgt to pass word, random formations for no reason or because a SNCO couldnt show up on time.


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