Chance Russell Phelps
July 14, 1984-
April 9, 2004
U.S. Marine Corps
Bronze Star with Valor
Operation Iraqi Freedom
KIA, Al Anbar, Iraq
I then walked to the elementary/middle school on the north side of town. There was this little park with a sign that read: "Chance Phelps Community Memorial Park".
In the past year, there was a film about Chance Phelps starring Kevin Bacon: Taking Chance. It was a 2009 Sundance Film Festival Award Winner. Kevin Bacon won The Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild Award for his portrayal of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl. I have yet to see the film; I have heard that it is very good.
I remember well back in 2004 I was hitchhiking in the Dubois-Riverton neighborhood and I got dropped off in some town and I looked at this newspaper. There was a photograph on the front page of the Casper Star-Tribune. There was a casket and it had an American flag draped over it. The casket was carrying the body of Chance Phelps and it was being transported to the cemetery with a wagon and a team of horses. You could see the Wind River Mountains in the background.
Freedom is not free. Lance Corporal Phelps sacrificed his life so that others could live free.
The Chance Phelps Foundation
Tears of a Warrior
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Hand on the Helm
At a Cafe in Merriman, Nebraska
Freedom to Bear Arms
Alvin C. York
No Jump Tonight!
Two Cabins in the Wind River Mountains
Chris Kyle: An American Hero
A Conversation with a Vietnam Veteran
The American Flag: A Christian Symbol
They Tortured My Father. That's Why I Fight