This video is a keeper.
Using the unit’s motto “Make Peace or Die” as a title, Combat Camera from 1st Battalion, 5th Marines has produced and posted this high quality video documentary of the unit’s seven treacherous months in Sangin, a bomb-infested district in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
During the 2011 deployment from April through October, 1/5 fought hard and got dirty. The unit lost 17 Marines and had close to 200 wounded and still never stopped charging forward. The video is edited with arresting still images of Marines on patrol, talking with Afghans, watching explosions, crossing rivers and caring for their wounded. It’s all interwoven with on-camera interviews with Marines of all ranks and gripping footage of operations.
For now, 1/5 is back at Camp Pendleton, Calif.