Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Note on Generation Kill


The information below is provided to you as an official Marine Corps response regarding this series. We ask that you distribute this comment to your constituents as you deem appropriate.

From: Acting Director, Division of Public Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps

The recent airing of the first episode of HBO's "Generation Kill" has generated numerous inquiries regarding Marine Corps support of the series. The Marine Corps did not provide any official support to the filmmakers. The series is based on the book by the same title by Evan Wright, a former Rolling Stone magazine reporter who was embedded with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there are certainly aspects of the film that are accurate, it is at its heart a commercial production. It's raw and has elements that are very much out of synch with the core values our nation rightly expects of its Marines. Viewed as a whole, in my estimation, it does not accurately portray the honor and professionalism of our Corps of Marines.

Semper Fidelis, Major David Romley Director, Community Relations Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps 3000 Pentagon Rm 4A532 Washington, DC 20350-3000 Bus: (703) 614-4308 / 1034 Fax: (703) 697-3281

That all said, I have also read reviews from the Marines portrayed in this series and they liked it.

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