The best military movie characters of all time
Whether they inspired you to join the military or remind you of your time in service, one thing is for sure: In the history of film, there’s a movie character that resembles a buddy or you. Just like in real life, some are lovable, some are righteous, and some are up to no good.
In this episode of the WATM podcast, the boys of the editorial team talk about their favorite characters from iconic military movies.
And which characters do you like? Join the discussion at the WATM Facebook group.
- Logan Nye: Army veteran and WATM Associate Editor
- Blake Stilwell: Air Force veteran and WATM Managing Editor
- Orvelin Valle (AKA O.V.): Navy veteran and WATM Social Media Editor
Selected links and show notes from the episode
• This podcast references the following WATM articles:
- 11 most beloved characters in military movies
- These are the 12 characters in every war movie
- 7 military movie deaths we’re still bummed about
• [00:30] Sgt. Adrian Cronauer – Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
• [05:10] Lt. Dan Taylor – Forrest Gump (1994)
• [05:35] Bubba – Forrest Gump (1994)
• [11:35] Sgt. Elias – Platoon (1986)
• [12:20] Pvt. Dewey “Ox” Oxberger – Stripes (1981)
• [20:30] #Platooning (we’re starting a trend here)
• [21:25] Gunner Sgt. Thomas “Gunny” Highway – Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
• [22:55] Gen. George S. Patton – Patton (1970)
• [27:55] Henry Limpet – The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
• [35:10] Private Trip – Glory (1989)
• [39:40] Lt. (j.g.) Nick “Goose” Bradshaw – Top Gun (1986)
• [47:40] Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore – Apocalypse Now (1979)
• [50:15] Staff Sgt. Sykes – Jarhead (2005)
• [51:25] Lt. Aldo Raine – Inglorious Basterds (2009)
• [53:55] Sgt. 1st Class Norm “Hoot” – Black Hawk Down (2001)
• [57:25] Everyone in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
- Drum March – Jingle Punks
- Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
- Heavy Drivers – Jingle Punks
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