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MARTIN, Tenn. – Marine Capt. Brent Morel, a 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee at

Martin, was killed in combat near Fallujah, Iraq, on April 7, 2004. This Veteran’s Day, the

History Channel will launch a series called “The Warfighters,” an episode of which will feature

the insurgent attack in which Morel died defending his fellow Marines.

Four episodes of the series will premier back-to- back beginning at 7 p.m. Central Time, Nov. 11,

on the History Channel. Morel’s actions will be included in episode 112: “The Ambush of April

7 th .” The series is composed of first-person accounts combined with cinematic sequences and real

images and footage from actual Middle Eastern operations.

Morel, a Martin native and graduate of Bartlett High School, was part of a convoy on patrol near

Fallujah when it drove into a trap. After the lead Humvee was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade,

Morel positioned his vehicle to protect his comrades. An RPG hit his Humvee as well, injuring

no one but leaving his men in a dangerous position.

As company commander, Morel had to make a difficult decision in a matter of moments. In the

end, he and several of his men ran across open terrain to confront the insurgents and, in the

words of his men, “changed the momentum of the battle.” Morel was the only American killed in

the assault.

For his actions, Morel posthumously received the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross, the second-

highest military recognition after the Medal of Honor.

“The Warfighters,” directed by Peter Berg, aims to give viewers an inside look at the global war

on terror by chronicling recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions. Each hour-long episode

highlights the courage, dedication and sacrifice of the Army Rangers, Green Berets, Marines and

Navy SEALS in what is now the longest ongoing conflict in American history.

“We can never do enough to pay tribute to our vets and military servicemen. I’m incredibly

happy that History continues honoring these great men and women with ‘The Warfighters.’ This

series is special to me because we get to make it with veterans” said Berg in an interview with

Hollywood Reporter. More than 90 veterans participated in the series’ production.

A commemorative bust of Morel was presented to UT Martin during the Memorial Day

Commemoration Ceremony in 2005, a year after his death, and stands guard in the Paul Meek

Library to remind UT Martin students of the sacrifice made by one of their own. A plaque made

in his honor also hangs in the meeting room of the Skyhawk Veteran’s Association.

Morel’s parents, Mike and Molly, still live in Martin, and his niece is currently a freshman at UT


A trailer can be viewed on youtube.com by searching “The Warfighters series.” Additional

episodes are scheduled to air in 2017.

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