Plouhar in the 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11.
|Birth name||Raymond James Bryon Anthony Charles Plouhar|
May 26, 1976|
Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||June 26, 2006
Anbar Province, Iraq
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1995-2006|
|Unit||3rd Battalion, 5th Marines|
|Battles/wars||Iraq War †|
|Awards|| Purple Heart
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. 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. 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.
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. He is survived by his wife and two children.
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- SSgt. Raymond Plouhar USMC. "This is Who I Am". Retrieved 2007-04-11. (Poem by SSgt Plouhar.)
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- "Fahrenheit 9/11 Teacher's Guide (Page from Michael Moore's website featuring a transcript of the segment in which Plouhar was filmed)". MichaelMoore.com. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2006-06-28.
- Cpl. Mark Sixbey (May 10, 9 May 2006, 2006). "Marines reach out to Iraqi school children in need". United States Marine Corps. Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved 2006-06-28. Check date values in:
|date=(help) (Image of Plouhar helping Iraqi school children, May 9, 2006/)