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The Alternate Ending: A Warrior's Death In Fact, Fiction, And Film

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Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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To give ones life in service to country conjures images of young soldiers willingly sacrificing their lives on the battlefield, perhaps even the single seat pilot who faces overwhelming odds in one final, heroic act. The warriors death is self-sacrificing and establishes the difference between victory and defeat, good or evil, or in the most dramatic case, survival versus the death of mankind. These are the images of Hollywood films and though the audience wants the hero to win and to live, a warriors sacrificial death for the greater good is the only alternative narrative the audience willingly accepts. This heroic death becomes the standard from which all modern warrior deaths are measured. In reality, deaths that match this image are extremely rare, and are recognized with a countrys highest honors.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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