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Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson (Character)
from A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Few Good Men (1992)
Capt. Ross: Why did you go into Santiago's room?
Galloway: [from the defense table] The witness has rights!
Capt. Ross: The witness has been read his rights, Commander.
Judge Randolph: The question will be repeated.
Galloway: [from the defense table] Your Honor!
Capt. Ross: [raising his voice] Why did you go into Santiago's room?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Capt. Ross: Did Lance Corporal Dawson tell you to give Santiago a Code Red?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Capt. Ross: [continuing to raise his voice] Don't look at him!
Dawson: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Dawson: Private, answer the captain's question!
Downey: [from the witness stand] Yes, Captain, I was given an order by my squad leader... Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson, United States Marine Corps... and I followed it.

Dawson: [to Danny in the interrogation room with Joanne and Downey present] We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code, and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. But I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I will not dishonor myself, my unit, or the Corps so I can go home in six months... Sir.

Dawson: [talking privately in an interogation room] Do you think we were right?
Kaffee: It doesn't matter...
Dawson: [pounds his fist on the table] DO YOU THINK WE WERE RIGHT?
Kaffee: I think you'd lose.
Dawson: You're such a coward, I can't believe they let you wear a uniform.

Kaffee: [in an interogation room] Did you assault Santiago with the intent of killing him?
Dawson: No, sir.
Kaffee: What was your intent?
Dawson: To train him, sir.
Kaffee: To train him to do what?
Dawson: To train him to think of the unit before himself. To respect the code.
Kaffee: What's the code?
Dawson: Unit. Corps. God. Country.
Lt. Weinberg: I beg your pardon?
Dawson: [speaking slower] Unit. Corps. God. Country. Sir.
Kaffee: The government of the United States wants to charge you two with murder. And you want me to go to the prosecutor with unit, corps, God, country?
Dawson: That's our code, sir.
Kaffee, Lt. Weinberg: It's a code.
Kaffee: [while packing up their belongings] We'll be back. You guys need anything? Books, papers, cigarettes, ham sandwich?
Dawson: Sir, no thank you, sir.
Kaffee: Harold, I think there's a concept that you'd better start warming up to.
Dawson: Sir?
Kaffee: I'm the only friend you've got.

Downey: [after the verdict was read] What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong.
Dawson: Yeah, we did. We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willie.

Kaffee: [in the interrogation room] cutie-pie shit will not win you a place in my heart, Corporal, I get paid no matter how much time you spend in jail.
Dawson: [contemptuously] Yes sir, I know you do, sir.
Kaffee: [shouts] Fuck you Harold!

Kaffee: [in an interogation room] This your signature?
Dawson: Yes, sir.
Kaffee: You don't have to call me "sir."
[to Downey]
Kaffee: Is this your signature?
Downey: Sir, yes, sir.
Kaffee: You certainly don't need to do it twice in one sentence.

Dawson: [in an interogation room] Permission to sp...
Kaffee: [cutting him off, loudly annoyed] SPEAK! Jesus!

Kaffee: [Stops Dawson as he is leaving the courtroom] Harold.
Dawson: Sir?
Kaffee: You don't need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor.
Dawson: Ten-hut!
[salutes]
Dawson: There's an officer on deck.

Downey: [after the verdict was read] I don't understand... Colonel Jessup said he ordered the Code Red.
Galloway: I know but...
Downey: [nervously] Colonel Jessup said he ordered the Code Red! What did we do wrong?
Galloway: It's not that simple...
Downey: [anxiously] What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong!
Dawson: Yeah we did. We were supposed to fight for people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willy.

Kaffee: [Sarcastically to Harold as he enters the interogation room] looks like someone hasn't been playing and working well with others.
Dawson: Sir yes sir
Kaffee: What's a code red?
Dawson: A code red is a disciplinary engagement
Kaffee: What's that mean exactly?
Dawson: A marine falls out of line then it's up to his unit to get him back on track.
Kaffee: What's a "garden variety" code red?
Dawson: Sir?
Kaffee: You say "sir" and I turn around to look for my father, People call me "Danny", people called my father Daniel Kaffee, "garden variety", "basic", what's a basic code red?
Dawson: A marine refuses to obey the orders he's given on a regular basis.