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JUSTIN'S LAST JOURNEY

 

Excerpts from Honor, a screenplay by Peter Gibbons

 

HADITHA--- FAREWELL

 

INTERIOR- BARRACKS, PENDLETON - DAY

Sharratt, in civilian clothes, packs away his belongings for transport.

He seals the box and addresses it in marker to himself at his parent’s home.

He writes L/CPL, USMC next to his name then blacks it out.     EXIT BARRACKS………

PENDLETON - DAY

Sharratt, in civilian clothes, carries a camouflaged back-pack over his shoulder as he exits the barracks into the bright San Diego sun.

The activity of the base is the backdrop as Sharratt walks to his motorcycle in the parking lot.

GENERAL MATTIS (Voice over--Official letter from Lieutenant General J. N. Mattis, USMC to Lance Corporal Justin L. Sharratt, USMC)...

You have served as a Marine Infantryman in Iraq where our nation is fighting a shadowy enemy...

Sharratt secures the pack to the rear and unfurls a small American flag on a short pole attached to the bike……

GENERAL MATTIS (Voice Over  continued)

...an enemy who hides among the

innocent people, does not comply

with any aspect of the law of war

and who routinely targets and

intentionally draws fire toward

civilians...

 Sharratt climbs on the bike, starts it and pulls away slowly. EXT. PENDLETON ROAD – DAY

Sharratt rides his motorcycle at slow speed along the roads of Camp Pendleton. He is surrounded on his ride by the history of the Marine Corps and by current day fighting men and equipment.

General Mattis' voice-over follows him on his final passage.

GENERAL MATTIS (V.O.)

Operational, moral and legal imperatives demand

that we Marines stay true to our own standards

in this morally bruising environment

and that we, in the words of the

Marine Hymn, 'Keep our honor clean'...

Sharratt pauses at an intersection then turns, following a sign that reads 'Main Gate’

GENERAL MATTIS (V.O.) (CONT'D)

...With the dismissal of these charges

you may fairly conclude that you did

your best to live up to these

standards in the face of life or

death decisions made by you in a

matter of seconds in combat...

EXT. PENDLETON MAIN GATE - DAY

Sharratt reaches the Main Gate. MARINES ON GUARD man the structure. The civilian world lies beyond in the distance.

Sharratt stops on his motorcycle, looks around then up to the American Flag flying in the clear sunlight alongside the Marine Corps Flag.

GENERAL MATTIS (V.O.)

...And, as you have always remained

cloaked in the presumption of

innocence, with this dismissal of

charges, you remain in the eyes of

the law - and in my eyes - innocent.

Sharratt salutes the flags, lowers his hand slowly, drives away, the American flag on the motorcycle streaming behind him.

 

 

THE END

 

 

Excerpts from Honor, a screenplay by Peter Gibbons

Contact: gibbons @ juno.com

copyright registered  WGAE #I16692

 

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