For the 25 documents the journey to Sangin, Afghanistan and back for a group of Marines. The film was done as part of the Professional Writing program at Michigan State University with Dr. Bump Halbritter in the spring semester of 2013. (Logan Stark. published on Many 5, 2013)
Making of a Film to Memorialize the Fallen
By LOGAN STARK (July 3, 2013, 5:13 pm) The New York Times
The year was 2010. Like so many Marines before me, I faced a nagging question: How would I react in combat? I wanted to know, and there was only one way to find out: I joined a unit heading to Afghanistan, the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, the “Darkhorse” battalion, as a scout sniper.
The battalion was headed to the Sangin district of southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, taking over from the British Royal Marines, who had suffered almost a third of their casualties in the war there. It didn’t take long to understand why.