Military Voices: “I was naïve to the concept of the military.”

Nov 11, 2013

Rhett and Travis Hartman
Credit StoryCorps

When 38-year-old Rhett Hartman joined the Marine Corps in 2002, he hadn’t considered death as a possibility—until he was asked by his sergeant to write a letter for home in case he didn’t come back. 

Rhett and his younger brother, Travis came to StoryCorps to talk about Rhett’s experience.

George Varney edited this story for KBIA. Music by Chris Zabriskie.

More than a dozen military members and their family and friends came to the KBIA studios in September to take part in StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative, in partnership with the MU Extension Community Arts Project. For the next week and a half, we’ll be sharing their stories during Morning Edition each weekday at 6:35am, and on