Chance R Phelps

Chance R Phelps

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MESA, CO, USA
U.S. Marines
LCPL, L BTRY, HQBN DET, 3D BN, 11TH MAR, RCT-7, 1ST MARDIV, CAMP PENDLETON, CA
AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ 04/09/2004

People from Wyoming and Colorado gathered in the small mountain town of Dubois, Wyoming, to pay respects to native son and Marine Private First Class Chance Phelps, who was killed in Iraq. Chance’s funeral service was held in the high school gymnasium, the only building large enough to hold so many mourners. A horse-drawn wagon conveyed Chance’s body up the hill to the cemetery. Main Street was lined with people, and bagpipes played Amazing Grace.

Chance’s parents, Gretchen Mack and John Phelps explained that their son started talking about joining The Marines after the United States was attacked on September 11th. That just changed everything, said Gretchen Mack. He just told me,  “I got to go.” I couldn’t stop him. I didn’t want to stop him, but my heart was just … you know, I think I always knew really that he probably wouldn’t come back.”

Mack said her son drew people to him with his humor. He had an unusual amount of zest. He just possessed this quality that he had to be in the thick of things all the time. He was very, very positive, very funny. His main thing in life was making people laugh.

The young man also loved to hunt and fish and spent summers with his father in Wyoming.  Chance was also the subject of a powerful HBO movie called “Taking Chance”.

Chance’s portrait is also on Poster 8

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  1. Sharon Ambrose says:

    I’ve just sat and watched “Taking Chance” for about the 16th time as its so very moving and should be watched and learned about by “all”. It certainly moves me beyond words.
    I admire hugely the respect shown to Chance on his journey coming home for the final time. I would be so proud to call myself an American citizen but sadly I am not, I am English. If only our British boys were honoured so respectfully wouldn’t this sad and cruel world be a kinder place..sadly its not the case and may be just as bad in other countries.
    Still.. Chance and his coming home journey will always now have a part in my heart. My thoughts go out to his family, I cannot imagine the pain they went through and no doubt still are to this very day.
    God bless you all and God bless you Chance. What a hero you are. XXXX

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