'The Long Road Home' tells story of war, survival and sacrifice

A new National Geographic miniseries, inspired by Martha Raddatz's book, "The Long Road Home," recounts deadly attack in Iraq and soldiers' heroic battle for survival.
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Transcript for 'The Long Road Home' tells story of war, survival and sacrifice
This week much has been said of the sacrifices. And the bonds shared by soldiers something I've had the privilege of witnessing up close over years of reporting. On America's war. At outside of the conflict in Iraq I have the honor of getting to know one unit in particular there. A harrowing street fight in Baghdad bonded them as Brothers. I wrote about their experience in a book called the long road home now being made into an eight part miniseries by National Geographic channel. In almost undescribable probably the last thing I've ever fired came from the right ancestry. And the left. For Heather April 4 2004. From Roche has battled in what was supposed to be it peacekeeping mission. Nineteen soldiers. Am pinned down in an Alley in the slum of Sadr City Baghdad the rest of them Italian racing to rescue them. Unprotected. Exposed. Facing massive armed insurgents. Some guys sees things that. No one ever wants to sit in the wake of that ambush dozens wounded eight dead. When you go to a veterans. Ceremony and you see the old veterans get together and hugged and cried he never really understood. And used it. Thirteen years later we returned to a different Soccer City this time in Texas. These should be basically M maps to the real buildings right here. Ease pain staking reconstruction. Erected at Fort Hood. For the National Geographic mini series the long road home. It's the story of the battle. Hard look at action. But also the story of the heartbreak of the families left behind. Actress Kate Bosworth is playing gene and enemy. Wife of Troy. One of the wounded in the battle. We met her shortly afterwards. It's just unbelievable. Feeling of fear not knowing you know. Who's her whose. No longer with us that pain is all too real again for the families who lost their loved ones in the battle now visiting dissent. Just telling them. Painful for the widows and for the soldiers reliving those moments with the actors to play them. Is there moments that you have electoral maybe if I turned to the left as opposed to the right there's no no big deal is then. Hiding do you think it's a responsibility for all the actors to get it right. We wanted to the men who did this didn't realize. That the justice of data center you know. So I think that that artists is really special. The actor Michael Kelly from house of cards is portraying then lieutenant colonel Jerry Gillespie now a three star general. Perfectly capturing that heart and care all those years ago. Uncommon valor was coming. Because there were soldiers doing things that we talk about. The you don't teach stuff like that and they all just performed magnificently so you know what I'm honored to be able to serve selflessly.

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