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Welcome to That One Scene, a semi-regular series in which Marine veteran and pop culture omnivore James Clark waxes nostalgic about “that one scene” from a beloved movie.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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More than 30 years ago, one of the greatest military science fiction movies of all time hit theaters. “Aliens,” the action-packed sequel to the comparatively tame “Alien” forever changed the genre, from Sigourney Weaver’s return as Ripley, who helped transform science fiction’s portrayal of female protagonists, to the size and scope of James Cameron’s vision. And beyond the horrors of the alien horde, “Aliens” introduced us to another deadly force: the Colonial Marines, the crack team of “ultimate badasses,” sent to stop them.

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