Sometimes, in America, “Starship Troopers” is real life

I saw this hanging on a wall on the USS Hornet museum here in the Bay Area:


Despite its “email forward from Grandpa” vibe, this story is evidently true. Compare this story, recounted by a mainstream American political figure, to this scene from Paul Verhoeven’s fascism-satire Starship Troopers:

In what ways are they substantively different?


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