Daily Discussion with BQB – Happy Memorial Day – Favorite Book/Movie About the Military?

Happy Memorial Day, 3.5 Readers.

Favorite book about the military?  Hmm.  I read Flags of Our Fathers about the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, written by one of their sons, and thought it was pretty good.

It stands out to me because I remember a part where the author did some research and determined that few humans are able to comprehend death.  We are aware that everyone dies and we know it will happen to all of us one day, yet all we know is life so our brains keep telling us that we’ll make it through somehow – i.e. despite the evidence to the contrary, many soldiers believe they won’t be killed.

I have no idea if that’s true or not.  I imagine many people in a bad situation (say, being ordered to storm Normandy) know the odds of making it out alive aren’t good but they do it anyway.

But in theory I get it.  When all you know is life, not being alive is difficult to comprehend.

I think about death sometimes but then it makes me so sad I convince my mind to change the subject. I feel like that’s probably what most people do. It’s not that we don’t believe it’s coming, but rather we do our best to avoid thinking about it for as long as we can.

Favorite movie? There have been a lot of good ones. I’d say the one that stands out in my mind is We Were Soldiers (2002) starring Mel Gibson. Learned a lot about the Vietnam War and particularly how it was the first war that depended on helicopters.

Anyway, Happy Memorial Day 3.5 Readers. If you are or were in the military, a guy with a website dedicated to the entertainment of 3.5 readers thanks you.

And which books/movies do you recommend?

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7 thoughts on “Daily Discussion with BQB – Happy Memorial Day – Favorite Book/Movie About the Military?

  1. isilkemp says:

    I’m a huge fan of Black Hawk Down. I watch it about once a month!

  2. Did you seriously just ask a military historian what military books she likes? Lol

  3. Mei-Mei says:

    Saving Private Ryan makes me cry every time.

    • I generally remember the Tom Hanks scene where the unit could have avoided some Nazis or risk blowing them up and he opts to blow them up because, though unlikely that one blown up batch of Nazis would have been enough to end the war, it moves the war just a teeny bit closer to being over so it becomes a teeny bit more likely he can get back home to his wife.

  4. Full Metal Jacket or The Hurt Locker. The opening to Saving Private Ryan is pretty incredible.

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