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Locally Produced Documentary Honors 25 Fallen Marines

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- As Memorial Day approaches, a local U.S. Marine Corps veteran and film student is bringing attention to the effects of war.

Twenty-six-year old Logan Stark used to be a sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps.

"To put it bluntly, we provided long range support to kill the enemy," said Stark.

He deployed to Afghanistan in October 2010 with 1,500 Marines from the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, which suffered the most casualties during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Stark was one of the lucky services members who survived the deadly war zone.

A total of 25 died during their seven-month deployment. He saw three of them get killed in action.

"It's humanity at its worst. It's awful. It's very much indescribable," said Stark. "I hope no one has to see things like that."

Stark is now a film student at Michigan State University. During the spring 2013 semester, he produced the documentary "For the 25" along with classmates Rebecca Zantjer and Lexi Dakin. The three sifted through more than 10 hours of interviews and 100 hours of video footage.

So far, the 48-minute-long documentary has more than 12,000 views on YouTube.

"It's kind of humanizing the military & it's showing people what it was like over there," explained Stark. "The funny stories, the sad stories."

Although it was tough to put the video together, Stark felt it was important to push past the emotional hurdles. He says telling the struggles on the battlefield and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder was therapeutic.

"I questioned if I was doing the right thing. Asking my brothers to delve back into that pain has been a trying task," he voiced over in the film. "We owe it to the 25 who didn't come home and any other warrior who paid the ultimate sacrifice."

Stark is doing even more to honor and remember those he served with. 

This Memorial Day weekend, he plans to visit the grave of his battlefield brother and close friend Cpl Justin Cain.

To watch Stark, Zantjer, and Dakin's "For the 25" documentary on YouTube, click here.

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