Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Saddam’s Golden Toilet Tickles Soldiers’ Fancy

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – War is crappy, but it has a few perks – like getting your picture taken on Saddam Hussein’s gold-plated toilet.

That’s what one member of the National Guard – who is featured in the new six-part CMT series American Soldier – got to do.

The documentary follows the lives of eight members from the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade who all got called for duty in December 2004.

Producer George Moll says the documentary shows how the soldiers deal with the daily grind as well as the boredom of working and waiting for the next mortar attack.

Moll says the troops are often reluctant to play sports like basketball or volleyball because, “you don’t know when the next mortar will hit.”

But still, Moll says, “The way the guys keep their sense of humor is remarkable.”

Case in point: Jamey Chalker, a specialist, whose biggest thrill was getting a snapshot of himself on Saddam’s crapper while visiting one of the former dictator’s palaces.

American Soldier premieres on November 26.

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