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Soldiers Soundtracks to War--IRAQ

Series produced by Jake Warga

Caption: Howitzer Guns, Northern Iraq, Credit: Jake Warga
Image by: Jake Warga 
Howitzer Guns, Northern Iraq 

Portraits of U.S. Soldiers serving in Iraq through the music they listen too on their i-pods.

You can tell a lot about someone from their choice of music. And when they're U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, you can learn a lot about their experiences in war.

From "Indestructible" by hard rock's Disturbed to C&W's "Kiss My Country Ass" to Streisand's "Send In the Clowns" to one breaking out in a gospel song, we hear soldiers' personal experiences while on deployment -- told through their mp3 players.

(3rd Infantry Division, US Army)


8 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Bowers, Credit: JW
"The Army’s standard is suppose to be that females are soldiers too..."

Bought by KHNS, KUT, KUOW, The Story, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 21, 2010
  • Length: 02:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Base Church, Credit: Jake Warga
"I’m a traditional guy from the south, so I like traditional gospel music … [sings]…"

Bought by KZYX, PRX Remix, KHNS, The Story, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 04, 2010
  • Length: 01:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Lawrence "Laser", Credit: Jake Warga
The song is called “Indestructible” it’s from Disturbed. It talks about how nothing in life can stop him. That he is going to overcome

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KCRW, The Story, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 04, 2010
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"Private First Class Michael Dalere. 22. 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. I listen to pretty much anything that’s heavy metal..."

Bought by KZYX, KHNS, KCRW, The Story, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 04, 2010
  • Length: 01:33
  • Purchases: 5
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“Sergeant Crystal Halbert from Manhattan, Kansas. I’m 26 years old...

Bought by KHNS, The Story, and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 04, 2010
  • Length: 01:48
  • Purchases: 3
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Techno: Anything with a beat just gets your heart pumping, and you’re ready to go for anything. I’m Specialist Kriegshauser – “Warhouse”.

Bought by KZYX and KFAI


  • Added: Jun 04, 2010
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 2
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Artist: Barbra Streisand Song: Send in the Clowns

Bought by KZYX, KHNS, KCRW, The Story, KFAI and more


  • Added: Jun 01, 2010
  • Length: 03:12
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Lockridge after IED explosion, Credit: Jake Warga
To Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Major James Lockridge tells us, “The United States Army can go anywhere at anytime or anyplace. I learned that duri...

Bought by KZYX, KHNS, KCRW, The Story, KFAI and more


  • Added: May 15, 2010
  • Length: 03:05
  • Purchases: 6