Benghazi Soldier: 'God And The Service Go Hand-in-Hand'

Posted: Dec 30, 2015 2:00 PM

“Faith teaches you how to live with courage, how to live with honor, gives you something to strive for,” said. U.S. Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto. “To me, that’s the American spirit.”

On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. We lost four brave diplomats. While the incident will forever be remembered as a tragedy, we would be remiss to forget the courage displayed by the six American servicemen who ran toward the fire. It is their story that is told in the new Paramount Pictures film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

What was it that compelled these men to run toward danger? In a new featurette from Paramount Pictures ahead of the film's release, a few of the soldiers who defended the Benghazi compound explained that they received their strength from a higher power.

“God and the service kind of go hand-in-hand,” said Paronto. “You’re doing something honorable that’s above yourself.”

I’ll be attending the press junket for 13 Hours next week. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage and interviews before the film comes to theaters January 15.