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Combat Story

Aug 20, 2022

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Today we hear the Combat Story of Jason Lilley, a former Marine infantryman, Marine Recon, sniper, MARSOC, and then CIA Global Response Staff (or GRS) operator. As many are aware, Jason is the other half of the veteran media company Savage Actual (, with his co-host Patrick Moltrup having been a guest on our show on Episode 26 (

Jason survived brutal fighting in the initial invasion of Iraq with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion alongside journalist Evan Wright who would go on to write the book Generation Kill which was transformed into an HBO series by the same name, depicting some of the battles we talk about in this episode (watch more at

In another deployment, Jason earned a Silver Star during a battle on April 7th, 2004 in Iraq that was later depicted in the History Channel program “Ambush of April 7th” (,in%20the%20War%20on%20Terror). It is believed to be the most decorations awarded for a single battle during the war, which included four Silver Stars, multiple Purple Hearts, and two Navy Crosses (one award posthumously).

We didn’t want to shortchange listeners on Jason’s incredible stories so we’ll schedule a round two to dive into his time with MARSOC and the CIA. This episode is chalked full of combat experiences with a very human, empathetic, and thoughtful lens that I know you will enjoy as much as I did.

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Show Notes:
0:00 - Intro
0:39 - About our sponsor, Better Help
3:01 - Guest Introduction (Jason Lilley)
4:16 - Interview begins and a story of confronting Stolen Valor
12:48 - Childhood in a family of musicians and being bullied
17:56 - Joining the Marines in 2000
22:54 - Advice for young people going through tough times
24:55 - Path from infantry "grunt" to Recon
28:22 - Combat Story - First combat experience taking a Scud before crossing the border into Iraq
34:10 - Auditioning to play himself in Generation Kill (HBO TV series about his platoon)
39:40 - Story of finding a buried enemy helicopter and rockets
40:53 - Combat Story - first time close to danger accidentally driving through heavy fire
49:11 - Combat Story - Perilous engagement in a airfield
58:00 - Being back home after being in combat
1:01:06 - Mindset going in to second deployment
1:04:51 - Combat Story - 7, April, 2004 Silver Star event during second deployment
1:29:13 - Feelings about awards and ceremonies
1:35:04 - Taking a break and then transitioning to MARSOC
1:38:50 - A negative Hollywood experience and starting a media company
1:47:21 - What did you carry into combat?
1:49:48 - Would you do it again?
1:52:52 - Listener comments and shout outs

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- Silver Star
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United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is a component command of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that comprises the Marine Corps' contribution to SOCOM. Its core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance, and foreign internal defense.

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