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8/12/1970 - (Present)
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In the Company of Soldiers.

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I'd never talked about it, ... I'd left the Marine Corps when I was 22 ... and I really left.

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We watched 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Full Metal Jacket' before we went to war. It was pornography for us. They opened up this historical and psychological narrative. This is what men do when they go to war, we thought. It's a received image of war through film.

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Writing the book helped exorcise all of that, ... Many years later, I'm happy that I didn't have that chance for a sniper kill.

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I was a guy, sitting alone in a room in Portland, just wanting to tell people what it's like to be in a war, even if it lasts just four days. Especially if it lasts just four days.

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I think I learned something more about that history of mine, ... There's a, you know, young kid who had been changed by the Marine Corps but could also retain some of his humanity, some of his personality, and that was confirmed for me.

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He was quoting me, to me, and he could name a scene and a page number. He convinced me that he knew the story and that he cared for the story and that he cared for me and the other men who had served with me,

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He taught me how to read as a writer,

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War is always seductive, ... 'Full Metal Jacket' didn't make me want to join the Marines. I already had fallen in love with the idea of combat. I think whether somebody feels that about our movie is subjective. It depends on the viewer. I got letters from people who said 'I was thinking about joining up and I read your book and now I can't wait' and I got letters from people who said 'I was thinking about joining up and I read your book and now I'm going to go to college.'

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I never saw it as a political book, ... I wanted to open up a world that people might not know anything about. It's up to the people who go to this movie to decide how they feel about it, just like it's their job as Americans to decide how they feel about the war. We're asking the viewer to take responsibility for how they feel.

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