Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl
On Sunday, May 24 2015. ParadeRest's Paramount Memorial Day Event featured the film, Taking Chance. Immediately following the movie, a question and answer session was held with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, whose experiences formed the basis of the story for the film.
Strobl served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983-2007. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in December of 1987 and served around the world in various duties as a field artilleryman. Strobl served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as an artillery platoon commander during Desert Strom. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 and accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Taking Chance depicts Strobl’s real-life experience as he escorted the remains of fallen Marine LCpl Chance Phelps to Phelps’ home in Dubois, Wyoming for final burial. LCpl Phelps was killed in action outside Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Kevin Bacon plays Strobl in Taking Chance. The HBO film was nominated for two Golden Globe awards and ten Emmy awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Strobl and his co-author, Ross Katz, won the 2009 Humanitas Award for their screenplay and the 2010 Writers Guild of America award for best adapted screenplay for a television movie.