No person who has not served can sum up the experience of being a Marine. But Hollywood has tried on occasion – with the help of military advisors – to sum up the experience for those who have not served in our armed forces. Our Marine Corps clothes perfectly match the look of the Corps with our uniforms, medals, decals, stickers, headwear etc., but Hollywood often tries to sum up the experience as best it can. Here are a few movies that come close to relating to the public part of what the Marine Corps is all about. (Dramatic license must be allowed in each.)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986): This movie features Clint Eastwood as a Marine gunnery sergeant who clashes with his recon platoon.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949): This John Wayne picture even features cameos by three Marines – Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes and John H. Bradley – who raised the flag over the island.
Flags of our Fathers (2006): Speaking of the flag raising over Iwo Jima, this movie tells the story of three of the six flag raisers who were killed in battle
Rules of Engagement (2000): This movie, which begins in Vietnam, demonstrates the camaraderie that is shared among within Marines.
Yes, these films and others have shaped the public’s perception of the Marine Corps. But as anyone who has served knows, only those who have been or are a Marine can accurately relate the experience. Some movies come closer than others in doing this. Our Marine Corps clothing is ideal for those who have served and wish to honor the Corps in their own way.
Here’s one to get you started.
Drew Carey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. Since then, he’s had his own successful sitcom, hosted the improv show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and currently is the host of The Price Is Right.
What famous person do you know served in the Marine Corps and those who are rumored to have served? Let us know and get the conversation started.