Raymond Plouhar

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Raymond Plouhar
Plouhar in the 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11.
Birth name Raymond James Bryon Anthony Charles Plouhar
Born (1976-05-26)May 26, 1976
Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S.
Died June 26, 2006(2006-06-26) (aged 30)
Anbar Province, Iraq
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1995-2006
Rank USMC-E6.svg Staff Sergeant
Unit 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
Battles/wars Iraq War 
Awards Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal

Raymond James Bryon Anthony Charles Plouhar (May 26, 1976 – June 26, 2006) was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant killed by a roadside bomb in Anbar Province, Iraq, during the Iraq War. His death raised media attention because he had been filmed for the 2004 documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11.


Plouhar was acting as a recruiter for the U.S. Marine Corps at the time he was filmed by Moore, whose film portrayed Plouhar attempting to enlist recruits in Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan. At the time, Plouhar was then taking time off from active duty in the wake of his having donated a kidney to an uncle.[1] Plouhar's father reported that his son willingly allowed himself to be filmed, and was unaware that Moore was making a film critical of the Iraq War.[2] Other Marines filmed in the segment claimed they were deceived, saying they were not told that the filming was associated with Moore, or would be used to criticize their activities. They did not make explicit whether they had asked the purpose of the film; however, the Marines indicated that Moore's crew represented themselves as a New York-based television production company, Westside Productions, interested in making a small documentary on high school career choices.[3]


A ten-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Plouhar was an infantry unit leader assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. He had been part of a unit engaged in projects to rebuild and revitalize schools in Iraq. He reportedly had 38 days left on his tour of duty at the time of his death.[2] He is survived by his wife and two children.[4]


  1. ^ Associated Press, June 26, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Memmot, USA Today, 2006.
  3. ^ Laura Bailey (August 9, 2004). "Marine Corps Times". Archived from the original on 2004-08-26. 
  4. ^ The Oakland Press, June 28, 2006.


External links[edit]

  • SSgt. Raymond Plouhar USMC. "This is Who I Am". Retrieved 2007-04-11.  (Poem by SSgt Plouhar.)