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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) -  You’ve seen a lot of shows and
movies about war, but this one really takes you in to battle.
“Battleground Afghanistan” follows a group of Marines who are dropped
into Afghanistan with the task of taking out Taliban members in the drug
trade. Dangerous, gritty, and life-threatening, the story is told by
the men in the field as they’re followed into battle with a camera crew
in tow.

One of those members of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, is
Hopewell native Corporal Brandon Unis. He says this is a very realistic
portrayal of modern warfare.

“They never gave us a script or anything out there,” says Cpl.
Unis. ”We were just doing our job and they had cameras on us. Sometimes
they’d ask us to do interviews, but they never told us what to say. It’s
an honest portrait of  modern warfare from the viewpoint of the
frontline fighter.”

KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talk to Cpl. Unis about the new series, and
what makes this a different presentation of war. Cpl. Unis says it’s
because the crew followed the Marines into combat, and mixed battle
footage with interviews. Everything was unscripted or planned.

Cpl. Unis joined the Marines at age 18 to take advantage of college
grants, but also because of 9-11. He says the terrorist attacks changed
his life and weighed heavy on him.

“I realized for the first time that there were people out there that
wanted to hurt my friends and family. I wanted to do something to go out
there and help fight these guys.”

So far, fame from the show hasn’t gone to Cpl. Unis’ head. He says it’s more about making a difference.

“I hope it opens people’s eyes to what’s going on out there. For me, no one even recognizes me, so it doesn’t change my life.”

“Battleground Afghanistan” airs Monday at 9 p.m. on National Geographic Channel.


  1. Cpl Brandon Unis, I sure hope this finds its way to you. I just watched the episode where you talked about leaving and how in 10 years you will only remember the good and wonder why you got out. You are dead on accurate Marine. You’ve got 5 years in, 1/4 of the way to a check for life. I’m almost 60 and still kick myself for getting out after 1 tour. I have to think hard to remember the bad. All the good memories still come easy to this day, even boot and IT. You’re a young man. Even after 20 years, you’re still a young man! You could be retired before you’re 40 and get benefits and a pay check for the rest of your life. When it comes down to it, we all make our own decision. My advice to Marines your age, change your MOS to something you enjoy and ride it out. What ever decision you make, you will always have and be part of the brotherhood. Stay dry, watch your six, be safe. Semper Fi brother. All the best to you!

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