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threedog79
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Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
My family members that saw combat WWII, Korea, and Vietnam never talked about it, but for those of you that served, what is the most realistic combat movie?

Edit to say that all of the above family members NEVER watched any combat movie...would walk out of the room if one came on the. One family member served in all three...man was hard core. Finished out WWII, infantry in Korea, and a gunner on a Huey in Nam. Unreal what he probably saw. He was considered an “ol man” in Nam.
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EuphoricSSP
Member since Feb 2021
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
I thought the consensus was Saving Private Ryan?


ETA: Does anyone here have immediate family with a Distinguished Service Cross or Medal of Honor
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Tygerfan
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Jarhead


BearCrocs
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
I remember there being articles about WW2 vets having to walk out of saving private ryan during the screenings..


dallastiger55
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
In the Army Now


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GardenDistrictTiger
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Probably The Hurt Locker, long periods of boredom followed by short periods of terror.


TexasTiger90
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
We brought my grandfather to see Saving Private Ryan in theaters. He walked out and sat in the food court before the landing scene was over.

He was a corpsman on Iwo Jima
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EuphoricSSP
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Grandfather was at Normandy.


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DTRooster
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
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I remember there being articles about WW2 vets having to walk out of saving private ryan during the screenings..
my dad didn't make it 30 seconds


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Buck_Rogers
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Ambush scene in Forrest Gump.


threedog79
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
I have heard the same about Saving Private Ryan but just curious about what combat veterans on the board think.


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Sun God
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
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Probably The Hurt Locker, long periods of boredom followed by short periods of terror

I thought that movie was viewed as hilariously unrealistic?


GeorgeTheGreek
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
The new Joe Rogan podcast with Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) is a hell of a listen. Rogan asked him his favorite war movie... though he never really answered.


rowbear1922
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
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The new Joe Rogan podcast with Marcus Luttrell (Lone Survivor) is a hell of a listen. Rogan asked him his favorite war movie... though he never really answered.


Watch it yesterday while working. Considering everything that man went through, he is one hell of an upbeat person.


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13SaintTiger
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
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what is the most realistic combat movie?



This varies largely for various reasons. But if you want real Afghanistan combat experiences watch Restrepo and Hornet’s Nest


LegendInMyMind
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Lone Survivor

Out of all war movies I've seen, this one hit me the hardest. I'm not your target group on this one, but that one got me.


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PrimetimeDaBoss
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Movie board


threedog79
Member since Sep 2013
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
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Movie board


My bad. Just thought this would be more of a topic for our Veterans of the board. I couldn’t find a Veteran board. Please forgive me.


HoboDickCheese
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
Starship Troopers


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Obtuse1
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re: Question for combat veterans that actually watch war movies
My combat experience was limited to Panama and Desert Storm the first was brief and never built that long-term anxiety that many combat veterans have felt, my experiences in DS I didn't really consider combat in the traditional sense and would be a disservice to call real combat. There are no real combat movies about Panama (just Docs AFAIK) and movies about the 1993 war are far more engaging.

That being said when I first was in the military there were some Vietnam vet senior NCOs still around and all of them pointed to Platoon as being incredibly real for them. This could have been due it being a fairly new movie. In any case, it has become what I think of when I think of Vietnam. However, there are so many documentaries (with archival footage and first-person interviews in-country) about that war one need not rely on Hollywood to get a view of the war.


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