• LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, stands shoulder to shoulder with Medal of Honor recipient Walter Marm Jr. as they take a moment to pause during a tour of Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014. Marm, fellow MoH recipient Don Jenkins, and actor Stephen Lang, visited Gamberi to meet with the Soldiers and bring them a live performance of excerpts from "Beyond Glory", Lang's play about the stories of some of our nation's greatest heroes. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Col. Mario Diaz, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, stands shoulder to shoulder with Medal of Honor recipient Walter Marm Jr. as they take a moment to pause during a...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins imparts some words of wisdom to the Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi while visiting there Jan. 13, 2014, with fellow MoH recipient Walter Marm Jr. and actor Stephen Lang. The three also brought a gift to the troops, Lang performed excerpts from his play "Beyond Glory", a one man show telling the stories of a few men who have received America's highest military decoration, including Marm and Jenkins. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins imparts some words of wisdom to the Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi while visiting there Jan. 13...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipients Walter Marm Jr. (center left) and Don Jenkins (center), along with actor Stephen Lang (center right), join Soldiers and leaders at Forward Operating Base Gamberi for a group photo during their visit to the base Jan. 13, 2014. The three travelled to locations across Afghanistan to meet the Soldiers of this generation and bring them a performance of Beyond Glory, a production written by and starring Lang about the stories of some of America's greatest military heroes, Marm and Jenkins being among them. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipients Walter Marm Jr. (center left) and Don Jenkins (center), along with actor Stephen Lang (center right), join Soldiers and leaders at Forward Operating Base Gamberi for a group photo during their...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang thanks Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, for their service to America, during a trip Jan. 13, 2014, to Forward Operating Base Gamberi with Medal of Honor recipients Walter Marm Jr. and Don Jenkins. Lang also took time to perform for the troops there, giving them excerpts from his play Beyond Glory, a collection of stories inspired by Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang thanks Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, for their service to America, during a trip Jan. 13, 2014, to Forward Operating Base Gamberi with Medal of...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins spends lunch with Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi and tells them about his experiences in Vietnam while visiting the base Jan. 13, 2014, with fellow medal recipient Walter Marm Jr. and actor Stephen Lang. After lunch, Lang graced the troops with a performance from his play Beyond Glory, inspired by the stories of Jenkins, Marm, and other Medal of Honor holders. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Medal of Honor recipient Don Jenkins spends lunch with Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi and tells them about his experiences in Vietnam...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang performs a scene from his play Beyond Glory for Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014. Lang travelled to Gamberi with Medal of Honor recipients Don Jenkins and Walter Marm Jr. not just to perform but also to meet and interact with the troops there. Beyond Glory is a one man show telling the story of several men, like Marm and Jenkins, who have received America's highest military decoration. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang performs a scene from his play Beyond Glory for Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014. Lang travelled to...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang (foreground) and Medal of Honor recipient Walter Marm Jr. (background) take time during a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi, to meet with the service members there and sign autographs Jan. 13, 2014, after a performance of Beyond Glory, a play by Lang inspired by men like Marm who have received America's highest military decoration. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang (foreground) and Medal of Honor recipient Walter Marm Jr. (background) take time during a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi, to meet with the service members there and sign autographs Jan. 13...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, gives one last thank you to actor Stephen Lang for coming to perform for the troops at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014, as he prepares to depart the base. Lang performed excerpts from his show Beyond Glory, a collection of stories inspired by Medal of Honor recipients, and was joined at Gamberi by two of them, medal recipients Walter Marm Jr. and Don Jenkins, who took time to meet with the Soldiers and impart some words of wisdom to the new generation. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Noe Salinas, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, gives one last thank you to actor Stephen Lang for coming to perform for the troops at...

  • LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang signs an autograph for U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan Tornero on a flyer for his play Beyond Glory, a collection of stories about  Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Vietnam, and Korea, after performing a few scenes from the show for the service members at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Jan. 13, 2014. Lang travelled to Gamberi accompanied by two of the men whose stories are featured in his production, Medal of Honor recipients Don Jenkins and Walter Marm Jr. Tornero serves as a paralegal with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot, and hails from Apple Valley, Calif. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAO)

    Some stories should never be forgotten

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan " Actor Stephen Lang signs an autograph for U.S. Army Pfc. Nathan Tornero on a flyer for his play Beyond Glory, a collection of stories about Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Vietnam, and Korea, after...

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 13, 2014) -- The Medal of Honor is the American military's highest award for valor, belonging to some of our country's greatest heroes.

The medal and many who wear it are considered legends. For decades, these legends' stories have served as an inspiration for multiple films and books.

Medal of Honor recipients, Don Jenkins and Walter Marm Jr., brought their stories and inspiration to Forward Operating Base Gamberi during a visit with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot Soldiers Jan. 13.

"It was very informal; they spoke with us and told us a little about their experiences, and thanked us for our contributions," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Matthew Goble, a geospatial engineer with 4th BCT. "It was humbling to be honest, to be in the presence of such people."

Actor Stephen Lang, known for his work in Gettysburg, Tombstone, Gods and Generals, and 2009's Avatar, travelled with Jenkins and Marm, both of whom are Vietnam War veterans. Lang has also had much success on stage. In 2003, he penned the play 'Beyond Glory' adapted from a Larry Smith book by the same name.

The one man show recounts the stories of eight Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, Vietnam and Korea, and enjoyed extended runs on Broadway and Chicago's Goodman Theater. Lang brought a little of the show with him to share with the newest generation of America's fighting men and women in Afghanistan.

"I know it's important to [the troops] to get a perspective on tradition," said Lang, "and when they're meeting men like Jenkins and Marm, they're meeting the best of the best."

After a short tour of the base, the group made their way to Gamberi's Morale Welfare and Recreation building where a formation of service members waited to greet them. Jenkins and Marm took time to offer the troops words of wisdom, while Lang addressed the group at large, thanking them for their service to America.

"The Soldiers, I know they enjoyed it; I know I enjoyed it; the leaders enjoyed it," said Sgt. Maj. Donald McAlister, operations sergeant major, 4th BCT. "Anytime you can see heroes like that and then a man like Stephen Lang, who is a great American, it's a great event."

The three dined and shared a few stories with Soldiers in the unit's Military dining facility. Afterwards, the party returned to the MWR building where a stage was set and an even bigger crowd of Service Members gathered.

Lang took his microphone, stepped on stage and instantly transformed himself into Vietnam War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Nick Bacon. Over the course of 45 minutes, Lang channelled the Arkansas native, as well as World War II veterans and medal recipients Vernon Baker and Daniel Inouye.

Lang gave the men and women at Gamberi stories so powerful that both Marm, Jenkins, and many of the Service Members in attendance became visibly emotional during the performance.

"Mr. Lang's portrayal of the Medal of Honor recipients was amazing. He's a very talented man," said Goble. "For a while there I forgot who I was looking at."

Lang says it's easy to find the tool set needed to portray such legendary members of America's armed forces.

"I draw my inspiration from what we understand to be the military way; a sense of discipline, a sense of mission," said Lang. "To get out, to be able to say 'thank you' to the men and women who serve us, and also to bring something to them, hopefully, the whole adventure seems to be a worthwhile one."

Once the production of Beyond Glory ended, the troops were once again given the opportunity to meet and speak with the three gentlemen. They signed autographs, took pictures and offered some final words to the 4th BCT Soldiers, ending an event many in attendance say they won't soon forget.

"It was absolutely a great event," said McAlister. "Any time you can get something like that to the Soldiers out in the field it's outstanding, and I think the Medal of Honor recipients and Mr. Lang got as much out of it as the Soldiers did."

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