Taking Chance is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps across country to his family and final resting place in Wyoming. I've never read anything that made me more proud to be American. The story has been made into an HBO movie that airs February 21.
Tonight Bruce McQuain and I welcomed a very special guest, Gretchen Mack, the mother of Lcpl Chance Phelps. It was not an easy conversation for Gretchen and we were honored to have the opportunity to talk with her. We learned more about Chance, his childhood and motivation for joining the Marines. We talked about the incident in Iraq that took his life as well as his heroic actions that led to his posthumous Bronze Star with a V for Valor.
Gretchen has seen the HBO movie and she is happy that they stayed true to Lt. Col. Strobl's original story. She also told us about the way the Marines have supported the family and how she now considers Lt. Col. Strobl a member of the f